MSU PSA: Don't fraternize with UM students, they'll give you the mumps

Submitted by MGoRob on October 18th, 2018 at 4:37 PM

MSU sent an email to their students this morning warning that socializing with UofM students may result in you getting the mumps. Granted, it's not like this was out of the blue since 3 UofM students came down with mumps last week as reported in the news. But still seems like a #HateWeek burn to me. I couldn't stop laughing in all honesty.

Dear Student,
At least 3 cases of mumps have been confirmed at the University of Michigan within the last two weeks.  Mumps virus is known for causing puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw.  The virus can be transmitted by an infected person’s coughing or sneezing droplets of contaminated saliva. The virus can also be transmitted by direct contact with saliva (sharing a cup, straw, or toothbrush, kissing). Mumps can be contagious several days prior to symptoms of swelling appear, and a person remains contagious until five days after these symptoms begin.  Rarely people may experience severe complications.
With the MSU-UM football game this weekend and regular socializing between MSU and UM students, it is important that all MSU students be aware of how to help prevent mumps.

  1. Check your immunization record (your parents or home doctor should have it). If you have not received two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, you should call your health care provider to evaluate whether to receive another MMR vaccine.
  2. Practice preventive measures such as washing hands with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes and avoid direct contact with someone else’s saliva.
  3. Stay home if you are sick in order to prevent infecting others.
  4. If you have had close contact with someone with confirmed mumps, or if there is any reason to believe you could be at higher risk of infection, talk with your healthcare provider.

Students with questions or who develop symptoms may call the Olin 24-Hour Phone Information Nurse line at 517-353-5557.
For additional information about Mumps visit and for information about the MMR vaccine, visit
And if you haven’t already done so, please complete your immunization self-report at
David P. Weismantel, MD, MS
University Physician & Executive Director of Student Health and Wellness



October 18th, 2018 at 4:47 PM ^

Nah, this is just sound disease prevention protocol, I'm sure.

Me, personally, I think the declining vaccination rates bringing back a whole slew of once-virtually-eradicated diseases is fun and exciting! While it's bacterial and not viral, I am looking forward to a good, old fashioned outbreak of y pestis soon. You know, really thin the old herd out... 


October 18th, 2018 at 4:59 PM ^

Why would you need to worry about mumps if you got the MMR vaccine?

Oh yeah. Anti vaxxers. I guess it makes sense that they would be abundant at a place like MSU. Not the most educated folks there.


October 18th, 2018 at 5:21 PM ^

True story - 

I was talking with someone once and mentioned that my son was on the autism spectrum, and the first question they asked me was, "Well, did he get his vaccinations?", and a quizzical me (because who cares?) answered, "Yes..."

"That's what happened then", they shot back, like we'd just discovered the answer to a problem that apparently I am unable to fathom. I could only add, "...but they can't vaccinate against your brand of stupid."

That person has not spoken to me since. It has been enjoyable. 


October 18th, 2018 at 6:25 PM ^

I lived in Lansing. LOTS of anti-vaccine people there. I once had a coworker who told me he only let his (unvaccinated) kids play with other kids whose parents felt the same. I told him that the survival rate O/U was set at 50%, and that if they all managed to live to adulthood, I'd be billing him for my kids' contributions to population immunity. 

Arb lover

October 18th, 2018 at 9:17 PM ^

Logged in to say the same thing. Thanks. The guy's been my doc for ~5 years now and I can't think of a nicer, harder working, doc in the area (though obviously he spends most of his time teaching and to this day I still have no idea why he was accepting patients). 

Just because someone has an MSU affiliation doesn't make them bad.  


October 19th, 2018 at 3:30 PM ^

"The virus can also be transmitted by direct contact with saliva (sharing a cup, straw, or toothbrush, kissing)"

I'm a little disappointed they didn't say "making out" instead of kissing.