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March 19, 2010

Students officially excluded from university

[-BULLET-] Those without full vaccination barred in effort to control outbreak

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Fewer people were receiving the mumps vaccination in England after a report that it might cause autism in young children. That study was apparently discredited, but since then, England has experienced cases of measles and mumps that have spread to other parts of the world.

"Vaccinations are important to prevent diseases which still present a danger," Daines said.

"In the modern age, diseases like mumps are only an airplane ride away. While no vaccine or medical treatment is 100-percent effective, two doses of mumps-containing vaccine will provide the best protection available against mumps."

BREAK ENDING

Plattsburgh State has benefited from spring break, with only a few hundred students left on campus. Classes resume Monday.

University officials expected they would have to exclude some students from campus because of the outbreak.

"Our priority is to protect the health and well being of all students, faculty and staff at SUNY Plattsburgh," Daines said.

"I have issued this order to ensure that students who have not been vaccinated against mumps get vaccinated as soon as possible.

"Vaccination will not only help protect these students from getting sick, but will help prevent the spread of this disease throughout the campus community."

Plattsburgh State officials, working out of the Emergency Operations Center in Hawkins Hall, have notified all unvaccinated students of the exclusion policy.

CLINICS

The Clinton County Health Department held a mumps immunization clinic for students and staff Wednesday. Additional clinics are planned for next week at the university's Health Center, on a walk-in basis.

Individuals who think they may have been exposed to mumps and do not know if they are up to date on their vaccination should contact their health-care providers or local health department.

E-mail Stephen Bartlett at: sbartlett@pressrepublican.com

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