CHICAGO (CBS) — The first week of school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign included a crash course in vaccinations, as health officials struggle to contain a growing mumps outbreak.
“The university sent out a message that they wanted all the students to get vaccinated before they came back to school. We know that not all of them did that, for whatever reason. So hopefully we’re going to get as many vaccinated as possible in these next few days,” said Champaign Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde.
So far, about 100 confirmed cases of mumps have been reported on the downstate campus, but Pryde said that number is expected to grow.
“It all depends on how many people get vaccinated. Certainly we’re positioned for an explosive growth of this,” she said.