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The College Urges Students to Take Mumps Outbreak Seriously

Nearly a month after the first confirmed case of the Mumps on campus paranoia continues as the College of Charleston announces two more outbreaks. 

Early Wednesday morning, students received an email informing them of the news. These two new cases bring the campus’ total to seven infected students. 

The Stern Student Center is still offering vaccinations.

The College warns that students should be aware of their immunization records and recommends two full doses of the MMR vaccine.

Of 12,000 medical records that the College keeps on file, 196 students have signed waivers opting out of the vaccine.

The contagious disease includes symptoms of fever, muscle aches, cold-like symptoms and swollen glands along the jawline. If you or someone you know begin exhibiting signs of these symptoms, the College urges you to take precautionary measures. 

Here is the College’s official advice: 

“If you have had close contact with someone symptomatic with the mumps, monitor yourself for any possible symptoms. If you have never received the MMR vaccine, the recommendation is to receive the full two-dose MMR series. For those who have not received the MMR vaccine, please visit a local pharmacy, urgent care facility or primary care physician. Students, once the vaccination is given, please bring a copy of the record to Student Health Services. The vaccine will not prevent infection if you have already been exposed, but will protect you from future exposure.”

For further questions, the College has created a FAQ page, which can be read here

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Zoë Murrie is a Junior Communications and Women’s and Gender major from Columbia, SC. When she’s not writing, she loves plants, burritos and house shows.


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