INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana State Department of Health is reminding people to check their vaccination records and to be aware of the symptoms of mumps amid outbreaks at campuses and around the state.
Outbreaks have been confirmed at Indiana University, Purdue, Butler and IUPUI. As of Friday, there were 24 confirmed cases at Butler, 18 at IU, 4 at IUPUI, and 4 at Purdue.
“College campuses can be breeding grounds for illness because students are in frequent close contact in dorms and at social events. With events like IU’s Little 500 and Purdue’s Grand Prix coming up, it’s important for people to remember that the best protections against mumps are to get vaccinated, follow good hygiene practices and to stay home and seek medical advice if you experience symptoms," State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. said in a press release.
The Tippecanoe County Health Department is offering free vaccinations on April 12 and 18. They will be offered in the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center's Gold and Black Gym from noon until 8 p.m. on those days.