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UI to offer free vaccine clinics in an effort to prevent spread of of measles, mumps and rubella


Photo by Stephen Cummings
Photo by Stephen Cummings

The University of Iowa will host a series of vaccine clinics across campus this week, offering students under the age of 25 a chance to receive a third dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine free of charge.

Officials will conduct the clinics in an effort to prevent the spread of infection among students and Iowans at large. Dr. Kathleen Wittich, medical director of UI Student Health and Wellness, notes that the Iowa City community has seen at least 100 cases of mumps over the last few months, with infection rates increasing “in recent weeks.” Indeed, a report published last month by Little Village showed that Iowa saw 60 cases of mumps between July and October, with 50 of those cases appearing in Johnson County. Of these 50 county-wide cases, 40 involved students at the University of Iowa.

Most students receive a mumps vaccine prior to starting kindergarten. However, this immunity wanes over time and needs to be boosted in order to stay effective. Johnson County Public Health Director Doug Beardsley says getting a third dose of the MMR vaccine is a “proactive approach to curtail this illness.” In addition to fever and swollen glands, complications from mumps can lead to deafness and testicular swelling, both of which have occurred this year among UI students, according to Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director at the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The UI’s free MMR vaccine clinics will operate from Tuesday, Nov. 10 through Tuesday, Nov. 17. Students must bring a student ID in order to receive the vaccine.
 

Nov. 10 Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 Iowa Memorial Union 2nd Floor Ballroom 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nov. 16 Burge Hall 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 16 Mayflower Hall 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Nov. 17 Hillcrest Hall 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.