Health officials are recommending that students younger than 25, who are at the highest risk for mumps, receive a free third dose of the MMR vaccine. It’s an effort to help protect you from mumps and its complications, and to reduce the spread of the infection—not only on campus, but across the state and outside Iowa since Thanksgiving break is fast approaching.
If you are under the age of 25, please take advantage of one of the following free clinics to receive the MMR:
- Tuesday, Nov. 10: Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 11: Iowa Memorial Union 2nd Floor Ballroom – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday, Nov. 16: Burge Hall – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Monday, Nov 16: Mayflower Hall – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 17: Hillcrest Hall – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Students under 25 need to bring their student identification card with them to receive the vaccine.
Immunity from the mumps vaccines (that most students received prior to starting kindergarten) has waned, and needs to be boosted. Students living in close quarters such as dorms, apartments, fraternities and sororities, and students who participate in group activities like athletics, band, and social events in particular should receive a third MMR dose.
Any UI students who have not yet received at least two doses of the MMR vaccine should do so immediately.
The symptoms of mumps include:
- Sore throat
- Jaw pain
- Swelling in the salivary (parotid) glands
The mumps virus is spread from person-to-person by respiratory droplets (for example, when you cough) or by direct contact with items that have been contaminated with infected saliva.
The period of contagiousness for the disease starts before the jaw swelling and lasts for five days after swelling begins. Students, if you become ill with the symptoms listed above, please stay home and away from others and wash your hands frequently. Then, call our Nurseline at 319-335-9704 and they will guide you on the best actions to take for your health and the health of your fellow students.