As mumps outbreak swells, Temple offers free MMR vaccines

Rachel Kurland
March 21, 2019 - 4:29 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temple University is under a mumps watch.

As of Thursday afternoon, cases of the mumps have swelled to 74 in total. Temple University confirmed 15 cases of those cases, while the other 59 are probable.

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As a result, Temple Student and Employee Health Services will offer free walk-in clinics twice next week, where the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine will be available. 

All Temple students, faculty and staff are eligible for the free vaccine with a valid OWLcard.

The clinics will be held in Mitten Hall’s Great Court on March 27 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mumps are most commonly associated with puffy cheeks, swollen salivary glands and a sore jaw. Other symptoms may include a fever, loss of appetite, headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue.

While it usually clear up in a few weeks, some rare cases can lead to serious problems, like swelling in the brain or spine, meningitis, or permanent damage like deafness. 

Symptoms may not show up for two or three weeks after infection, making it easy to spread.