Dear Truman incoming and returning students,
In our continuing efforts to keep our community safe, we are sending you this notice regarding an outbreak of mumps at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU). Currently, five students have been confirmed with the disease. Truman does not require vaccination for mumps, but since we require measles vaccination, most students have received mumps vaccine in the combined MMR vaccine. Unfortunately, public reports indicate that the students with mumps on the Columbia campus had all been vaccinated.
Our recommendation to you at this time is to review your vaccination records and make sure you were vaccinated twice for measles-mumps-rubella, either in the combined MMR vaccine or the individual components. You may want to speak to your personal physician as to whether he/she recommends a booster at this time due to the current situation at MU. At this time, no cases of mumps have been reported on Truman’s campus.
Information regarding mumps can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/. Additional information may be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/outbreaks/outbreak-patient-qa.html.
We are looking forward to you coming back to school in August!
Brenda Higgins, EdD, MSN, APRN-BC