Demand for mumps booster growing amid outbreaks

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Recent outbreaks of mumps have more and more young people taking action to protect themselves.

The CVS MinuteClinic in York says it’s seen an increase in college-age kids requesting boosters for their MMR vaccines.

Mumps is a viral infection that involves swollen glands. The vaccine for it is part of routine childhood shots, but research suggests the protection starts to fade about 10 years after the second dose.

“Some of the evidence is supporting maybe they are losing some of that mump vaccine,” nurse practitioner Stacey Basta said. “There are random reasons why. I don’t know if we know that answer.”

Basta says anyone college-age and older should see their family doctor about getting a booster dose. 

More than 100 mumps cases were reported during a recent outbreak at Temple University. Basta said the virus is easily spread in colleges.

“It’s basically the crowded nature, all together, lots of people together at the same time, and that makes it very spreadable,” she said.

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