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Nearly 5,000 at Temple U get shots amid mumps outbreak

March 29, 2019
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A line of mostly students wait to enter a vaccination clinic amid a mumps outbreak on the Temple University campus in Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. 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. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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A line of mostly students wait to enter a vaccination clinic amid a mumps outbreak on the Temple University campus in Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. 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. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nearly 5,000 students and faculty members have taken advantage of free vaccine booster shots at Philadelphia’s Temple University as the school tries to contain a mumps outbreak.

City health officials say more than 2,500 people were given shots Friday during the second clinic offering the MMR vaccine. The first clinic Wednesday saw more than 2,200 people.

The city health department says that as of Thursday, the number of confirmed and probable cases of mumps at the school reached 108.

Students who could not make either clinic can still get the vaccine at Temple’s student health center.

Mumps is a viral infection that involves swollen glands.

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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