Students at Various College Campuses Catching Mumps; Seek Advice from Health Provider About Vaccinations
By Helen Edelman, manager of Exchange
December 15, 2016
State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says there have been 147 confirmed or probable cases of mumps reported statewide this year, compared to 24 in 2015. It's the highest count since 2010, when 663 cases were reported. Most have been associated with outbreaks on college campuses." (Associated Press: http://bit.ly/2hmdAP9)(link is external)
Director of Collegewide Student Affairs Pat Myers says, "We know that students who take care of themselves are more likely to be academically successful. Making sure that your immunizations are up to date are critical to the health of you and your fellow students and it is required by New York state law."
Empire State College policies on required student vaccinations are in compliance with New York laws. Read more about the college's specific policies at http://www.esc.edu/admissions/associate-bachelors/immunization-proof/(link is external)
For more information about immunizations, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their own health care provider about guidelines and whether they are eligible for a mumps immunization.
From the Centers for Disease Control:
"Mumps can be prevented with MMR vaccine. This protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults also should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.
"MMR vaccine is very safe and effective. The mumps component of the MMR vaccine is about 88% (range: 66-95%) effective when a person gets two doses; one dose is about 78% (range: 49%−92%) effective.
"Children may also get MMRV vaccine(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mmr/public/index.html#what-is-mmr)(link is external), which protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). This vaccine is only licensed for use in children who are 12 months through 12 years of age.
"Before the U.S. mumps vaccination program started in 1967, mumps was a universal disease of childhood. Since the pre-vaccine era, there has been a more than 99% decrease in mumps cases in the United States. Mumps outbreaks can still occur in highly vaccinated U.S. communities, particularly in close-contact settings such as schools, colleges, and camps. However, high vaccination coverage helps to limit the size, duration, and spread of mumps outbreaks."
For more about mumps from the Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/(link is external)
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