16 Confirmed Mumps Cases in Harvard Community Among Fully Vaccinated Individuals

02/07/2017 20:36

16 Confirmed Mumps Cases in Harvard Community

March 24, 2016

Sixteen mumps cases have been confirmed among Harvard University students in Cambridge since Feb. 29.  All students were fully immunized against the mumps prior to contracting the disease.

A measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine prevents most, but not all, cases of mumps. Even in a highly vaccinated population it is possible that some people will get the illness.  At Harvard, 99% of undergraduate students and 98% of graduate students meet all state immunization requirements.
To date, there have been no confirmed mumps cases in Cambridge residents who are not members of the Harvard community.  Nonetheless, a Cambridge resident outside of Harvard could be exposed to the mumps through close contact with an infected person....