Will County Health Department Mumps Outbreak Recommendations

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Will County Health Department Mumps Outbreak Recommendations

Published: December 8, 2018.

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 12, 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 to healthservices@lewisu.edu
• 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.

Please continue to check www.lewisu.edu for updates. Thank you again for all of your collective efforts in support of each other during this time.

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