More cases of the mumps are popping up on LSU’s campus and officials say everyone who has it was vaccinated. 16 cases have been reported.
As the number of mumps cases continues to grow on LSU’s campus, students like Jasmine Edmonson are scared they may catch it.
“I’m really terrified,” Edmonson said. “I’m more cautious.”
Dr. Brannon Perilloux says the vaccine is about 88% effective after the second dose. He says it’s normal for people that have been vaccinated to get the viral infection if they are around people that are infected.
“Out of 100 people, 12 people are still likely to get mumps if directly exposed to the mumps,” he said.
Dr. Perilloux says the symptoms are pretty obvious.
“[The infection] causes a swelling right on the side of the face and it’s usually pretty prominent and very easily noticed,” Perilloux said.
And if you’re wondering how to get rid of it, Perilloux says the only thing you can do it wait.
“There’s no treatment to make it go away,” he said.
He recommends everyone gets vaccinated because in some cases the side effects can be life changing.
“It can cause swelling of the testicles and swelling of the ovaries which then results possibly in sterility for the patient,” Perilloux said.
As for Edmonson, she says she’s not taking any chances.
“It is a really serious issue,” she said. “If I end up catching the mumps, God forbid, that means I have to miss school, which can affect my schoolwork.”
University officials say the latest cases are students who live off campus.
Students, staff and faculty can get the mumps vaccine for free at the Student Health Center.