Summer vacation just started, but it won’t be long before college students are getting ready to head back to campus. With mumps cases continuing to be reported at Harvard University, among other schools, reminders that patients need to ensure they’re up to date on vaccinations should be considered in every patient who comes into your urgent care center. Harvard has seen a resurgence in mumps cases over the past year. In spring 2016, there were 66 active cases, according to the university health services department; now two new cases have been confirmed, raising concerns that more could be on the way come fall.
Those concerns were compounded when health officials in nearby Boston issued a warning to residents that mumps cases were on the rise in the greater Boston area.