College campuses across the state are suffering from several outbreaks of mumps. Between Butler University, Indiana University and IUPUI more than a dozen cases have been reported. There has yet to be an outbreak at Ball State, but health officials are working to make a plan should an outbreak occur.
Michaela McClellan, a freshman, says that it’s scary having outbreaks so close to home. She is worried about her friends at those universities who are at risk. McClellan thinks a vaccine is the best option for mumps since it is caused by a virus and there is no treatment plan. She says it’s important that healthy people get vaccinated to help those who are too sick to get the vaccination from being exposed to the virus.