Temple University announces free mumps vaccine clinics amid outbreak

In an effort to combat the recent outbreak of mumps at Temple University that has reportedly affected dozens students, the school has announced free mumps vaccine clinics Friday.

The recent number of possible infections climbed to 86 on Thursday, and spread to include an individual who recently visited Temple's campus.

The clinics will be open next Wednesday, Mar. 27th, and Friday, Mar. 29th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Great Court at Mitten Hall on 1913 North Broad Street.

Students, faculty and staff will be eligible for free MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination.

"Mumps vaccine, given as MMR vaccine, is the best way to prevent infection," said the university in a press release.

"The two-dose series is usually given at one and four years of age, but immunity may wane over time. A third dose, or booster, of MMR vaccine can be given during mumps outbreaks to boost immunity and prevent continued transmission of disease."