(Story posted Thursday, March 28)
There are currently more than 100 mumps cases that can be traced back to Temple University.
In response to the outbreak that’s spreading through Main Campus and other areas in Philadelphia, Student Health Services organized an on-campus booster clinic Wednesday from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. By showing their OWLcards, students, faculty and staff could receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine free of charge.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Mark Denys, the director of Employee and Student Health Services, said the university was preparing to administer about 1,800 vaccines. While many people had already received the MMR vaccine years ago, receiving a booster further decreases their chances of catching the mumps.
A long line of people stretched down the block outside of Mitten Hall, as those waiting to be vaccinated filled out forms asking about their allergies and vaccination history.
Students said this step by the university is the right direction toward combating the spread of the airborne disease.
There will be another free MMR vaccination clinic at Mitten Hall this Friday from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.