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University-wide vaccination initiative: Be proactive and be up-to-date on vaccines
University officials have been working with on-campus medical experts, Columbus Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat the mumps outbreak and proactively provide guidance on how to stay as healthy as possible. Vaccination recommendations based on the current characteristics of the mumps outbreak on our campus are available online. While not required for employment or enrollment at this time, it is strongly recommended that all individuals associated with the university follow these guidelines. Additional information about the mumps, including campus vaccination locations can be found at:


Ohio State and the Central Ohio community have been experiencing an outbreak of the mumps.  As you prepare to visit, following is information you should consider before coming to campus. 


While mumps typically does not result in a serious health condition, it is a highly contagious viral illness that is spread by respiratory droplets, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks.  Symptoms include fever, body aches, headaches and swelling of the salivary glands under the ears or jaw. For further information about mumps, including potential complications, please visit the CDC website:


If anyone who is planning to visit campus has not been vaccinated against the mumps for any reason, Ohio State’s medical experts recommend that you do not attend. While we do not want to exclude anyone from visiting, it is important to keep you and all members of the extended Ohio State family as safe and healthy as possible. Two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine are more effective than one dose and prevent most, but not all, cases of the mumps and related complications. Though vaccinated individuals may still get the mumps, the vaccine greatly lowers the number of people who get sick when exposed to the virus. 


Because mumps can be spread in much the same way as the flu, it is important that you and your guests take precautions to keep yourself, and others, well:


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner
  • Do not share or pass eating utensils, cups, etc.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of illness
  • As mentioned above, be up-to-date on your vaccinations


More information about mumps can be found at the Centers for Disease Control website or at


As always, the health and safety of the Ohio State community and our guests is the university’s primary concern, and we take this matter very seriously.  We want you to be aware and educated about the mumps prior to making the trip to campus, so that you can make decisions that are best for you. 

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