Vaccine clinics to be held at Temple during mumps outbreak

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two vaccine clinics will be held at Philadelphia’s Temple University in response to the ongoing mumps outbreak at the school that’s now up to at least 93 cases.

The city’s public health department said the MMR vaccine, for measles, mumps and rubella, will be available to all Temple students, faculty and staff March 27 and March 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The city says the numbers reported are high compared with those in past years; 54 cases were reported in 2010.

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.