As information about the recent mumps outbreak emerges, recommendations are being refined to maximize the impact of immunization measures. UC Berkeley students living in congregate settings (high density housing with shared eating areas and bathroom facilities such as campus residence halls, fraternity/sorority housing, and cooperative housing) are now considered the highest priority for receiving the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) and are strongly encouraged to receive an additional dose of MMR, regardless of their vaccination status. Any other members of the UC community who have received fewer than two doses of MMR vaccine, or have never had mumps, and want to reduce their risk of mumps should receive an additional dose of MMR. Any other members of the UC community who have received two doses of vaccine and/or have had mumps and want to reduce their risk of mumps may receive an additional dose of MMR. MMR vaccine is not appropriate for pregnant women or for individuals with weakened immune systems.
Most people born before 1957 have had mumps disease and are immune to mumps and most people who have had two doses of MMR vaccine will also be protected against mumps. However, 5-10% may still be susceptible to mumps after receiving the two recommended doses. There is evidence that in outbreak settings an additional dose of MMR may decrease transmission of mumps.
FLU/MMR VACCINE CLINICS: 12-6 p.m., University Health Services, 2222 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. No appointment needed Friday, October 28; Tuesday, November 8; Wednesday, November 16; Thursday, December 1. (Check the UHS website for additional dates.) MMR vaccine free and only available to UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff. Flu vaccines $25, free for students with UC SHIP.
- Mumps information from UHS (includes an FAQ section)