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Letter to Parents about Mumps

Editor's Note: This was posted originally on Feb. 23. The number will be updated as needed. 

Dear Parents,

The University of Dayton has confirmed four students with mumps. They isolated themselves for the recommended five days, no longer have symptoms and have returned to normal activity.

We are notifying the University out of an abundance of caution and to help prevent the spread of mumps and other illnesses around campus. The University also has notified the health department, and sent a separate note to students who have not verified receipt of two doses of the MMR vaccination to notify them of their increased risks and offer recommendations to self-monitor and protect themselves. For those who are medically unable to receive the vaccination we have recommended they consult with their medical provider. 

We are encouraging students who can to receive two doses of the MMR vaccine. We are providing free MMR vaccines for students, by appointment in our Student Health Center. Vaccines also are available at area pharmacies and the health department, free or discounted with most health insurance. If they receive the MMR vaccination off campus, we ask they provide documentation to the Student Health Center.

If students suspect they have mumps or symptoms, we are asking them to call the Student Health Center (9-3131) to make an appointment for an evaluation. If the physician suspects a students has mumps, the physician will ask the student to isolate themselves for five days. University of Dayton Housing and Residence Life (9-3317) will help make housing arrangements for students. 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 their respective faculty members to make up class work and exams.

Mumps is an airborne virus, for which you can only treat the symptoms. Symptoms should disappear in a week, but the incubation period for mumps is 12-25 days, and people can be contagious a few days before seeing symptoms. We want to stress the chance of acquiring mumps is low for anyone immunized against the virus.

The University's mumps information website — http://go.udayton.edu/mumps — or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mumps website http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/about/index.html — are good resources to answer questions.

Parents with additional questions or concerns can call or text the Office of Student Development at 937-751-2000 or email studentdevelopment@udayton.edu.

Sincerely,
William M. Fischer, J.D.
Vice President for Student Development

Mary Buchwalder, M.D.
Medical Director, Health Center