Frequently Asked Questions

How many confirmed cases have there been at the University of Dayton?

Four, with the last one being reported March 15.

What is mumps and where can I find more information?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

What is the origin of mumps on campus?

Neither the University nor public health officials have been able to determine the origin of these cases. This year's cases are not related to the 2016 cases.

I haven't been immunized against mumps. Where can I get the vaccine?

The University Student Health Center will provide free MMR vaccines for students, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays by appointment only. Area pharmacies and the health department (by appointment, 937-225-4550) also administer the vaccine, free or discounted with most health insurance. If you receive the MMR vaccination off campus, please provide documentation to the Student Health Center. If you are not vaccinated against mumps, you pose risks to your health and others on campus. Before receiving the vaccine, you should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information sheet on the MMR vaccine. If you have questions about the vaccination, please contact your healthcare provider.

I’ve been vaccinated. Can I still get mumps?

Yes, but people who are vaccinated are nine times less likely to catch mumps and likely have fewer complications. You can read more about the MMR vaccine here. Everyone can reduce the risk of mumps and other illnesses by covering coughs and sneezes, frequently washing hands, getting plenty of rest, and avoid sharing cups and utensils.

What advice are you giving to individuals who have not been immunized?

We recommend they get two doses of the MMR vaccine, unless they have a medical reason that prevents them from receiving it. The CDC recommends students in university settings have two doses of the MMR vaccine at least a month apart. We've let them know, if they do not, they are risking their health and the health of others. We recognize some cannot receive the MMR vaccine for medical reasons. We've urged them to contact their physician to discuss their medical conditions and risks.

We also are urging them to monitor themselves for symptoms — swelling of the salivary glands or lymph nodes in the neck, or fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue or loss of appetite — and avoid anyone with symptoms for 12-25 days (the incubation period for mumps). They are not prohibited from going to class, taking exams or attending graduation, but we strongly recommend they check with their physician about specific precautions and limit their exposure to people. If they choose to leave campus because of a doctor recommendation, contact the Dean of Students office to make up class work or exams.

What if I don’t know if I've received the vaccination or have a record of receiving it? Is it safe to get it again?

While the CDC does not have a formal recommendation for a third MMR dose, it is studying whether a third dose might help in outbreak situations (read more here). If you are unsure if have had two MMR vaccines, please contact your healthcare provider or the Student Health Center to discuss your options.

What else can I do to avoid the spread of mumps?

Mumps is an airborne virus, so we encourage everyone to cover mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze, frequently wash hands, avoid sharing cups and utensils, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

How serious is this?

As with any similar illness, like the flu, it's important to take proper steps to avoid spreading the illness and provide relief for symptoms. Death from mumps is exceedingly rare. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been no mumps-related deaths reported in the United States during recent mumps outbreaks. Rare complications of mumps — pancreatitis, deafness, meningitis, and encephalitis, have occurred in less than 1 percent of cases in recent U.S. outbreaks.

What if I have concerns about being exposed to someone infected or suspected of being infected by mumps?

Students suspecting they have mumps or symptoms — swelling of the salivary glands or lymph nodes in the neck, or fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue or loss of appetite — should call the Student Health Center (9-3131). Faculty and staff suspecting they have mumps or symptoms should call their health care provider for an appointment for evaluation. Anyone suspecting they have mumps or symptoms should isolate themselves for five days.

Five days? What about class, work or exams?

University of Dayton Housing and Residence Life (9-3317) will help make arrangements for housing and meals in isolation. Students may be excused from class or exams by the dean of students office only after they have been evaluated by and receive a note from the Student Health Center. Students should work with respective faculty members to make up class work and exams. Faculty and staff who suspect they have mumps or symptoms should work with their supervisors and human resources to make arrangements for time off.

Where can I go for isolation?

The University has identified houses in the student neighborhood where those with mumps symptoms can isolate themselves and is working to identify more housing in the event of increased need. Students can isolate at home, but we do not recommend they take public transportation.

Will you release the names of anyone infected with mumps?

Out of respect for the privacy of students and their education records, the University will not publicly identify students who are ill or any information that could help identify them. We comply with the law and we've notified everyone we are required to notify.

If I have had mumps can I get them again?

No, once you have had mumps you are not at risk for contracting mumps again. Most people born before 1957 are likely to have been infected naturally and may be presumed to be immune, even if they have not had clinically recognizable mumps virus. However, birth before 1957 does not guarantee mumps immunity. MMR vaccination should be considered for persons born before 1957 who may be exposed to mumps and who may be susceptible. For more information check with your healthcare provider or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

What about travel abroad students?

Faculty, staff and students on University-sponsored travel suspecting they have mumps or symptoms should isolate themselves for five days and consult with International SOS at 215-942-8226. If necessary, they will accept a collect phone call. International SOS provides worldwide medical, travel and security assistance and evacuation services for all faculty, staff and students participating in university-related travel. The SOS network of multilingual specialists operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Travelers may contact International SOS before and during their trips, for current reports on safety and security, health issues, medical care and vaccination requirements for the destination country.

What if this website or the CDC website don't answer my questions?

Students with additional questions or concerns can call or text the Office of Student Development at 937-751-2000 or email Faculty and staff with additional questions or concerns can contact the Office of Human Resources at 937-229-2538.