Temple University Mumps Outbreak Continue To Grow, 86 Suspected Cases, School Changes Vaccine Policies

NBC News Philadelphia reports:

As a mumps outbreak continues to grow at Temple University, school health officials said Thursday they will offer free vaccinations to students and staff.

At least 86 people are tied to the mumps outbreak at the North Philadelphia university which has some 40,000 students and 4,500 staff members. The Philadelphia health department said Thursday that 16 of the cases have been confirmed through laboratory testing while 70 others are probable.

The outbreak prompted Temple University to change its immunization policy for incoming students by requiring them to have received two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine before entering school.