Students who want, or need to get an MMR (mumps- measles- rubella) vaccine will now have the chance. On Thursday, Sept. 27, MMR vaccinations will be given, free of charge at the Eastern Campus in Riverhead, in the Montauket Library Building in room 107 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m..
This vaccine is required for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1957 as well as for students, who attend the College, as well as any other place that requires this vaccine such as certain employment, military recruitment, and even students who plan on traveling internationally.
Mumps, Measles, and Rubella are serious diseases as stated by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). According to the CDC, all of these diseases are viruses, and can be contracted, and spread by breathing, sneezing, coughing, and touching.
The following are the symptoms and effects of each virus, in case students should contract one of these diseases:
The symptoms of mumps are a fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swelling of salivary glands giving the infected person the look of having puffed cheeks.
Symptoms of Measles are fever, runny nose, cough, and a rash all around the body. Measles will affect the respiratory system as the virus spreads through the linings of the throat, and lungs.
Rubella, also known as the German measles is an acute virus, and may only cause a fever and rash; but can be detrimental towards pregnant women as the virus can affect the fetus. Rubella could cause deafness, cataracts, heart defects, mental retardation, and liver and spleen damage to the fetus.
More information regarding these viruses can be found on the CDC’s website at http://www.CDC.gov.
Any student who needs to receive this vaccine and fails to get it will be suspended from attending the college. Students also run the risk of catching the virus and spreading it along with the other infections students are likely to catch as the fall, and winter seasons approach.