Mumps has become a significant health issue on some college campuses. Although there has not been a case of mumps in the Washington University community, it is possible that this could happen at some point and it is important that we are prepared.
Mumps is a highly contagious viral illness. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite and swelling of the cheeks and jaw. Mumps is generally a mild disease but in its most serious form can lead to significant complications, including infertility in males.
Fortunately, there are things that you can do right now to protect yourself and our community. It is very important that your immunizations are up-to-date. Please review your vaccination records and if you have not had two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines after one year of age, make arrangements to see your primary care physician. Vaccines are also available through Student Health Services. In most cases the cost of this vaccine will be covered by insurance.
It is important for SHS to know if you are immune to mumps if an outbreak occurs on our campus. Immunity will be assumed if you have had two MMR vaccinations after one year of age. Please take the time to update your immunization status through the patient portal. (see directions on upper right).
If you are unable to obtain your vaccination records, you can make an appointment for another vaccination, or a blood test to see if you are already immune. The blood test may be covered by insurance, but you will need to verify this with your insurance provider.
In the event of an outbreak, those without demostrated immunity may be asked to leave campus.
For more information about Mumps click: Mumps FAQ's.