by Josh Holfoth
SYRACUSE, N.Y.– Syracuse University is offering a boost in the m-m-r vaccine, as the number of mumps cases continues to grow. 4,000 more vaccines for mumps are being made available to students, after 27 confirmed cases of the mumps on the Syracuse campus.
Onondaga county health commissioner, Dr. Indu Gupta says that the outbreak is still spreading, as 2 other confirmed cases of the mumps have popped up in Onondaga County but the outbreak is mainly on the university campus. The vaccine is expected to help contain and eliminate the outbreak but officials that it is not a replacement for the everyday precautions people should take to avoid the disease.
Mumps is contagious and spreads through saliva and respiratory secretions, so people are urged to avoid sharing drinks or utensils and mouth to mouth contact. SUNY Oswego had a case of the mumps in September of last year but it did not lead to level of outbreak that Syracuse University is experiencing now.
Vaccines will be free for Syracuse students and the University is holding a 2 day vaccination event on Thursday and Friday this week.