Mumps Frequently Asked Questions

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Mumps Frequently Asked Questions

Published: December 4, 2018.

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 time and place with at least one case lab confirmed by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

Do students need to resubmit their immunization records to the Center for Health & Counseling Center?
No, there is no need to resubmit records that were turned in at the time of your enrollment at Lewis University.
Lewis University complies with the Illinois Department of Public Health Immunization Mandates for College Attendance that requires the MMR vaccination for all students (other than those with medical or religious exemptions) enrolled in six or more credit hours on the Romeoville campus.

What events are canceled?
Out of health and safety concerns, several previously scheduled events are canceled or postponed. Visit for a listing.

I was born before 1957, do I need to submit records?
No. The university already has validated students' records and employees' records for birthdate.

Will employees have to use Paid Time Off (PTO) Days if they donít submit immunization records before Monday, December 10, 2018?
Yes. For special concerns, contact the Office of Human Resources at (815) 836-5270.

What if I canít locate or find my records before Monday, December 10, 2018, and Iím an employee?
Get an MMR booster and submit proof of that to the Center for Health and Counseling Services. The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination, which is available at many healthcare facilities, including major pharmacies, clinics, doctorís offices, immediate care facilities or local health departments.
Lewis University has coordinated with Jewel-Osco Pharmacies to provide a pop-up immunization clinic on campus. Individuals wishing to receive the MMR booster will be able to receive the immunization from 8 a.m. to Noon and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, December 10, and from Noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday, December 11 - 13, 2018. The pop-up clinic will be held in the University Dining Room.
For special concerns, contact the Office of Human Resources at (815) 836-5270.

Are classes canceled?
All classes will be held as scheduled.

Are final exams canceled or changed?
All final exams will be held as scheduled.

If Iím fully vaccinated, what do I need to do?
There are no restrictions on students and employees that have submitted evidence of MMR vaccination to the Center of Health & Counseling Center.

If Iíve been vaccinated, can I still contract the mumps?
Yes, the MMR vaccination is the best prevention method however, itís not 100 percent. If you feel ill, contact your healthcare provider.

If I only attend classes or work at Oak Brook, Tinley Park, Albuquerque or online, do I need to provide immunization records?
No, the only students required to submit immunization documents are those attending class or working on the Romeoville campus.

Where should I send my immunization record?
Electronic records can be emailed to
Immunization records can be faxed to (815)836-5047.
Drop off records at the Center for Health & Counseling Services located in the lower level of Mother Teresa Hall, the Office of Student Services located in the Student Union building, or the Office of the Registrar located in the Brother Paul French, FSC Learning Resource Center.

If I have had a titer test performed, can I come to work?
No, you must wait for results indicating proof of immunity.

I donít have insurance. How much will the MMR booster be at a discounted rate at the Jewel-Osco Pharmacies pop-up clinic?
The discounted rate for the immunization will be $90.

I have the school insurance. Will this be covered?
The immunization expense must be paid by the student and then be submitted for reimbursement. The insurance has a reimbursable benefit of up to $250 for vaccinations.

What is the best way to verify immune status?
Get your titers checked. Ask your healthcare provider for serology testing (they should order Measles, Mumps and Rubella AB IgG).

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