Mumps 2015 Update

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Buena Vista University Health Services & Wellness has been aware of the mumps cases at the University of Iowa since July and have been monitoring the situation with guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and our local Buena Vista County Public Health (BVCPH).  It is known, that in most cases the students have received both required doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) which is a requirement at BVU.  

When mumps cases are occurring at colleges or universities, national criteria are used to determine when a third dose of MMR should be recommended.  These criteria are based on the number of people at the university who have become ill.  These criteria have been met for the University of Iowa student body; therefore, a third dose of MMR is currently being recommended for University of Iowa students less than 25 years of age. 

This announcement comes in an effort to help protect others from mumps and its complications, and to reduce the spread of the infection- not only on the campus of the University of Iowa, but across the state and outside Iowa since Thanksgiving break is fast approaching. 

No other colleges or universities in Iowa have met the national criteria; therefore, a third dose of MMR vaccine has not been recommended by public health officials.

People who have been in contact with a person infected with mumps should have their immunization status evaluated.  Anyone who is not immune and has not received two doses of a MMR should be vaccinated.  Persons who may have been exposed should be educated on the signs and symptoms of mumps disease, and should seek medical attention as soon as any of these symptoms begin. 

Tami Laursen

Director of Health Services & Wellness