COLUMBIA, Mo. — According to an email sent by the University of Missouri’s Student Health Center, students are encouraged to obtain a third Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine, based on discussions with public health officials and consistent with guidelines from the Center for Disease Control.

The Health Center is continuing to identify active cases and is receiving reports of cases seen at other health care facilities in the Columbia area and outside. Since the beginning of the Fall Semester on August 22, 2016, 193 cases of mumps have been identified (both confirmed and probable).

As of December 7, 2016, at least 169 of these cases are considered recovered, meaning they are no longer infectious to others and have returned to class. All infected students met the immunization policy requirement of two Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccines.

The Health Center is working with local and state public health officials to identify other possible cases and to prevent or minimize additional cases.