Columbus Public Health offers mumps immunization clinics

During the ongoing community outbreak of mumps, Columbus Public Health is offering special clinics for the measles-mumps-rubella -- also known as MMR -- vaccine.

Vaccines will be available on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday, at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave.

Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.

Fees will be based on a sliding scale.

Columbus Public Health continues to investigate a growing number of mumps cases in the community. 

As of  Monday afternoon, March 31, 111 cases of mumps had been reported in Franklin County.

To date, 89 of those cases have been linked to Ohio State University outbreak.

People who were born before 1987 are likely to have received just one or no MMR doses and should be vaccinated.

Additionally, people whose parents or guardians objected to vaccinations are also at risk if they did not receive the MMR vaccine.

Residents should check with their healthcare providers to get a copy of their vaccination records.

Mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks, or shares items such as cups or soft drink cans. 

Complications from mumps can include meningitis, hearing loss and reproductive problems in men and women.

Health officials said those who have become infected with mumps are urged to stay home for five days after symptoms begin, cover their and mouths and noses when they cough or sneeze, and wash their hands frequently with soap and water.