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Will County Health Department Mumps Outbreak Recommendations

The Will County Health Department issued a new statement regarding the mumps outbreak. It can be found at the WCHD website: http://bit.ly/2B0F44x . The statement includes this passage: “Dr. Dan Garganera, Medical Advisor for the Will County Health Department, emphasizes the importance of immediate action on the part of Will County residents who may have been exposed to mumps. ‘If they think they have been in contact with anyone with mumps or mumps symptoms, they should seek medical consultation. And yes, if they have two MMR vaccinations, they should immediately get their third one. If they already have the symptoms, it is too late for the third vaccination. In that case they should get tested, and then isolate themselves from others for five days. Those who are not vaccinated and not immune should exclude themselves from possible exposure for 25 days.’” The WCHD message also states, “Records show that the majority of the suspected mumps cases at Lewis University do indeed involve students who have had the two doses.” We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to follow the WCHD recommendations. Jewel-Osco Pharmacies will be providing a pop-up MMR immunization clinic daily through Friday, December 14, 2018, in the University Dining Room. The MMR vaccine booster can serve as a boost to each individual's immune system and is meant to limit further spread of the mumps virus on the Lewis University Campus. If you still have healthcare questions or concerns, please contact your healthcare provider. Pop-up MMR booster clinic hours for the week of December 10: 8 a.m.-noon Monday 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday Here are some reminders of key information: Students, faculty, and staff should notify their healthcare provider if they become ill and develop swollen or painful salivary glands under the ears or jaw, or on the cheeks. Some common symptoms with mumps infection include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides. Beginning Monday, December 10, 2018, all students, faculty, and staff who have not submitted evidence of immunity are restricted from campus until at least January 1, 2019. Students that submitted their immunization records to the Center for Health & Counseling Services at the time of their enrollment do not need to resubmit their documentation. • Electronic records can be emailed   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Mumps Outbreak Update 12-12-18
According to the Will County Health Department, there have been three confirmed cases and 12 probable cases of the mumps connected to the Lewis University Romeoville Campus. Public health officials have recommended individuals receive a Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) booster vaccination during this mumps outbreak. At this time, all those considered susceptible are excluded from campus until  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Mumps Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Lewis University mandating this proof of immunization? In an outbreak situation, Lewis University is required by Illinois law to require all students, faculty and staff to submit evidence of immunity to the Lewis University Center for Health & Counseling Services. How is a mumps outbreak defined? Public health officials define a mumps outbreak as three or more cases of mumps linked by  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Commencement Changes
The Winter Commencement Ceremonies changes can be seen here .  [COMMENTS(0)

Mumps Outbreak Update 12-10-2018
Many thanks to all those who have gone above and beyond in the last week to gather records, get immunizations, make adjustments to schedules, help students that need accommodations, among numerous other countless acts of kindness done in the Lasallian spirit of association. As an update on the status of the mumps outbreak on the Lewis University Romeoville campus, there are two confirmed cases,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Event Cancellations
The following scheduled events are canceled. Notifications about rescheduled events will be announced at a later date. College of Arts & Sciences Senior Honors Convocation December 4, 2018 Men's and Women's Basketball games December 4, 2018 College of Education Recognition Award Ceremony December 5, 2018 Student Advising and Registration  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Mumps Outbreak Update 12-6-2018
Thank you for working together to comply with the recent mandates regarding the Will County Health Department’s designation of a mumps outbreak on our Romeoville campus. There has been significantly increased activity in Health Services around the mumps outbreak. Currently, there are one confirmed case and nine probable mumps cases. Out of concern for safety and health, all Commencement Ceremonies  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Mumps Outbreak Update 12-4-2018
The Will County Health Department has announced that there is a mumps outbreak on the Romeoville campus of Lewis University due to one confirmed case and seven probable cases in students. The Illinois Department of Public Health is mandating that all students, faculty and staff submit evidence of immunity to the Lewis University Center for Health & Counseling Services, located in the lower level  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Basketball Announces Reschedule Changes
The Department of Athletics has announced the following schedule changes for Men's and Women's Basketball games. Some of these are tentative as of Saturday, December 8, so please check back to confirm. 1) 12/4 - WBB vs. St. Francis has been rescheduled for Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. 2) 12/4 - MBB vs. Indiana Northwest has been tentatively rescheduled for Jan. 16 TBA. 3) 12/8 - WBB vs. Central State  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

24-Hour Holiday Music Returns to WLRA-FM
Tune into WLRA-FM for holiday music 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from Thanksgiving Day through January 1. Listeners can tune in via radio at 88.1 FM, online at www.lewisu.edu/wlra , the apps iTunes and Google Play and iHeartRadio. The WLRA Christmas programming will feature sacred, traditional, contemporary and new hits for people of all tastes and ages, including artists such as Taylor Swift,  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Electrochemical Society Honors Lewis Student Chapter
The Lewis University Student Chapter of the Electrochemical Society was awarded the “Chapter of Excellence” award for the 2018 year. The ECS Outstanding Student Chapter Award recognizes distinguished student chapters that demonstrate active participation in The Electrochemical Society’s technical activities, establish community and outreach activities in the areas of electrochemical and solid  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Woodrow Wilson and the Great War Exhibit is Open
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I’s conclusion, the Lewis University History Center, Naper Settlement and Give Something Back collaborated on a traveling exhibit, “Woodrow Wilson and the Great War.” This exhibit examines the Great War, which was fought from 1914-1918, and the presidency of Woodrow Wilson during this catastrophic global event. From July 26-December 22, it will  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Bacon Presents Three-Part Talk Series on Auschwitz
A powerful look at a dark time in history entitled “Saving Lives in Auschwitz: The Prisoners’ Hospital in Buna-Monowitz” is the basis of a three-part book talk series offered by the White Oak Library District and Dr. Ewa Bacon, professor emerita at Lewis University. This profound, true story is based on the life of Bacon’s father, Stefan Budziaszek, M.D. during the Holocaust. A new graduate of  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)