PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) – As cases of the mumps have grown to nearly 100 likely cases, Temple University announces they will be offering free vaccines to students, faculty and staff this week.
Free MMR — aka measles, mumps, and rubella — vaccines will be administered in the Great Court, at Mitten Hall, on Temple’s main campus.
These vaccine clinics will be held this coming Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all you need to have with you is a valid Temple University Owl Card.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the university are offering the vaccines in response to the ongoing mumps outbreak.
However, health department officials are also issuing a warning for those who are, or think they might be pregnant to NOT get the vaccine.
Mumps is an extremely contagious viral infection and spreads person-to-person through close, personal contact with someone who is infected.
In a statement Thursday night, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced that he would be postponing a scheduled townhall meeting at Temple University so that “the City and University personnel can focus on the mumps outbreak response.”
While the risk to the community at large is low, I’m postponing my town hall scheduled for this Saturday at Temple University so that the City and University personnel can focus on the mumps outbreak response. We will be announcing a new date in the coming weeks.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) March 21, 2019
Casey’s also say that he is urging “Temple community members to heed the advice of the university and city public health officials: individuals who feel sick should stay home and avoid contact with other individuals.”