Kentucky health officials are urging parents of college students to make sure their children are up-to-date on their mumps vaccination.
A statement from the Kentucky Department of Health on Wednesday says recent cases at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville underscore the need to keep immunizations current.
Officials say the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine should be given in two doses at least 28 days apart. If college students don’t have documentation showing they have had both shots, they are advised to update their vaccinations.
Mumps is an infectious disease known primarily for swelling of the parotid glands, which results in puffy cheeks and swollen jaws.