Archive for Thursday, August 17, 2006

Baker students required to have second vaccine

August 17, 2006

To help resolve the mumps outbreak in Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has made 200 doses of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine available to the health care center at Baker University.

"It is mandatory for Baker students to have a second MMR vaccine," said Ruth Sarna, director of student health services. "There's a hold put on their enrollment until that's completed."

A $10 administrative fee is required for the vaccine, in accordance with the health department recommendations.

In April, Baker reported one suspected case of the mumps. The student returned home for a nine-day isolation period.

Sarna recommends the following protective measures to students:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when you sneeze or cough.
    ¢ Wash your hands frequently
    ¢ Do not share food or drinks with others
    ¢ Wear the mask provided when in a communal area
    ¢ Stay in communal areas such as bathrooms for the shortest time possible

"We're very proactive," said Sarna, who is entering her 17th year at Baker.

The most common symptoms of the mumps are a fever, followed by swelling of the glands on both sides of the jaw, just below the ears, according to the health and environment department. Students who develop symptoms should contact the Student Health Center or their health-care provider immediately

"If the students have mumps symptoms and are not feeling well, we want them to report to the health center quickly," said Sarna, whose office at Sixth and Grove streets averages 2,500 visits a year. "A lot of the students get on the Internet and come in with what they expect is a diagnosis. And they want me to prove them wrong or right."

Randall Rock and Robert Brown, two physicians from the University of Kansas' Watkins Memorial Health Center, are contracted to Baker. They are available from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Baker's health center.

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