UVa Mumps Case: Vaccination Deadline

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

September 26, 2006

Schools officials are still monitoring the health of other students two days after announcing a University of Virginia student contracted the mumps.

An opportunity was given to students to prove they were already vaccinated against the disease, but their deadline to do so has passed.

The deadline was set for 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. University of Virginia officials were giving all students ample time to bring their shot record, or take a mumps shot to fight against catching the mumps. It comes two days after UVa officials found out a first year engineering student contracted the disease.

The Student Health Office for the UVa said students have been coming in without a problem.

There were about 300 students in the clinic on Monday who either showed their shot records, or got the shot. Most of the students we talked to said they feel comfortable with the way school officials are handling this isolated case, but were more than willing to take a second shot for safety.

Doctor James Turner, the Director of UVa's Student Health office said, there are about 600 remaining students who have not come in to provide their records.

UVa officials that they are working on an action plan to determine what is going to happen to the students who did not make it into the office by the deadline. One possible option is to keep them off grounds

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