Health officials advising U of I students to get MMR vaccination

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SPRINGFIELD - Officials at the Illinois Department of Public Health, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, and McKinley Health Center are advising incoming and returning University of Illinois students to be up to date on their MMR vaccines.

Health officials say students are being advised to receive a booster shot of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine as soon as possible, even if they have already received one or two previous vaccinations.  IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah says the vaccine is normally very effective, and that receiving the booster could potentially help control the outbreak.  Immunity will normally develop approximately two weeks after the vaccination.

University of Illinois students who wish to receive the vaccination may do so at no cost during a special two-day event at the ARC Building on August 6 and 7, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Students will need to present a valid ID card to be eligible for the free vaccine.

More than 50 people have become sick with mumps cases in this outbreak.  For more information about mumps, visit www.dph.illinois.gov.

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