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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU to Provide Students Free MMR Vaccines

Story Contact(s):
Christian Basi, BasiC@missouri.edu, 573-882-4430

WHAT: University of Missouri health officials in coordination with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will offer free measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines at a mass immunization clinic. Vaccines will be provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at no cost to students or the university.

Mumps is a contagious virus spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose and throat. Early symptoms of the mumps — fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of appetite and low-grade fever — typically appear within two weeks of exposure to the virus. Symptoms are often followed in the next few days by a higher fever and painful swelling of the salivary glands.

WHO: The vaccine is available to any student with a valid MU ID.

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Friday, Feb. 17

WHERE: Memorial Union North, 2nd floor, 518 Hitt St, MU campus

NOTE: For more information on the mumps virus, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html

For up-to-date news about mumps cases at MU, visit: http://studenthealth.missouri.edu/needtoknow/mumps.html

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