University of Albany temporarily bars unvaccinated students from campus amid mumps outbreak

After identifying three cases of the mumps among its student population earlier this month, the University of Albany, State University of New York, will temporarily bar students who haven't been properly immunized against the highly contagious virus from the university's campus, according to a Times Union report.

The ban is scheduled to last 26 days after the last case was diagnosed, which means the earliest a non-immunized student may return to campus is May 16.

"Individuals born after 1957 who have not provided proof of previous mumps vaccination or immunity to mumps, or individuals who cannot or will not receive vaccine will be required to be excluded from campus including campus housing, classes and co-curricular activities," read a message sent to university students this week, according to the report.

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The university conducted a vaccine clinic earlier in the week in coordination with the Albany County Health Department where more than 100 students were vaccinated, according to the Times Union. The university is working to set up another similar clinic for individuals who may have missed the event.

The mumps made a resurgence on college campuses in 2016. The trend seems to have carried over into 2017. A recent outbreak of the mumps sickened dozens of students at Pennsylvania State University in College Station.

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