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Oct. 17, 2000
OSWEGO -- Students at Oswego State have special reason to comply with the state's immunization requirement this week. Not only is immunization required by state law, but it also may help protect students from contracting mumps in the next few days, if they were not immunized previously.
A student was tentatively diagnosed with mumps earlier this week and sent home. Test results determining that the illness is or is not mumps are not expected until Thursday or Friday.
About 660 of the 8,161 students enrolled this semester have not provided Oswego State with proof that they have received immunization against measles, mumps and rubella as required by state law. Last week, the Mary Walker Health Center on campus notified these students that they could not attend class or live on campus after Friday, Oct. 20, if they did not comply with the law.
Monday the Oswego County Health Department notified Walker Health Center of the possible case of mumps on campus. Oswego State's Division of Student Affairs began personally notifying the 660 students of the suspected case of mumps and reiterated, "Students who do not demonstrate proof of immunization by Friday, Oct. 20, will be required to leave campus immediately until such proof is issued to the Mary Walker Health Center."
Those students who have not complied with the requirement need to complete a health history form and attach a copy of their immunization record. Students who have not been immunized or cannot find a copy of their record may get free immunization from the Oswego County Health Department.
The requirement does not apply to students who were born before Jan. 1, 1957, or who take all of their courses off campus or who are taking fewer than six credit hours.
Over the weekend, the student who may have mumps went to Oswego Hospital's emergency room, which notified the Oswego County Health Department of the suspect case. The health department notified Oswego State's Walker Health Center.
The health center tested the student for mumps Monday, sent the student home and began working with the campus Division of Student Affairs to notify students who were not in compliance with the immunization requirement.
According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: Mumps is an acute viral disease that is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. The symptoms include a low-grade fever and swelling or tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands in the cheeks and under the jaw. Serious complications of mumps are more common among adults than among children.
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CONTACT: Julie Harrison Blissert, director of public affairs, 341-2265 or 312-2265

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