No immunizations required for Ohio college students, lawmakers say mumps outbreak shows issue deserves another look

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Students don't have to be immunized to attend Ohio colleges, but don't expect that to change anytime soon despite a recent mumps outbreak at Ohio State University.

The central Ohio mumps outbreak will likely inspire immunization legislation, but lawmakers said attacking the problem will take more than mandatory immunizations.

As of Thursday, 234 people ranging from 9 months to 80 years old have contracted mumps in central Ohio — 149 have a connection to Ohio State University.

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