BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC 33/FOX 44)LSU announced Wednesday, February 12th, there are now 12 confirmed cases of mumps among its students. And they’re taking steps to make sure students are informed. They sent out the following information to students to ensure they’re aware of the vaccines necessary, who’s at risk, and where they can get vaccinated, free of charge:
At this time, the Student Health Center is offering a free dose of the MMR vaccine to any student in the following high-risk groups identified by the Louisiana Office of Public Health:
- Students who have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine in their lifetime
- Students who have had direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with mumps; direct contact is defined as physical contact with infectious secretions
- Other high-risk groups identified for this cluster of cases:
* Members of the LSU Tennis Team
* Members of all LSU fraternities and sororities
* Members of the Tiger Band
Those in the above high-risk groups can receive their vaccine at the Student Health Center all this week, now through Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Any students who may be experiencing symptoms of mumps are urged to call the Student Health Center or their private healthcare provider as soon as possible. The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.. Symptoms include swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one of both sides of the face.
Anyone with signs of mumps must be isolated for at least five days from the onset of salivary gland swelling. There is no specific treatment for mumps or exposure to mumps. Most people with mumps recover fully. However, mumps can occasionally cause complications, and some of them are serious. Mumps is spread by contact with infectious respiratory tract secretions and saliva. Please note that just being in the same room with someone who has mumps does not necessarily mean you have been exposed. It is direct contact with respiratory tract secretions and saliva that causes exposure.
Measures to help prevent transmission of mumps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water; alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective
- Avoid drinking or eating after others
- Disinfect common, shared household objects, like remotes and keyboards
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw the tissue in the trash afterward
Detailed information on mumps is available at ://www.cdc.gov/mumps/ .