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Mumps vaccination clinics planned at Temple University

March 26, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Health authorities in Philadelphia say the first of two walk-in vaccination clinics will be held Wednesday at Temple University amid a mumps outbreak at the school.

The city health department said Tuesday that the number of confirmed and probable cases at the school has reached 105.

Health officials say the MMR vaccine, for measles, mumps and rubella, will be available to all Temple students, faculty and staff on Wednesday and Friday.

Mumps is a viral infection that involves swollen glands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the MMR vaccine is the best protection.

Mumps vaccine has been part of routine childhood shots for decades, but research suggests that protection fades 10 or more years after the second dose.

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