The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
By RACHEL SCAPILLATI Staff Writer Feeling feverish? Do your head and muscles quake with pain? Are you feeling tired? Have a loss of appetite? There’s a chance you may have the mumps. At the Welland campus, the vaccine will be available for distribution Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the cafeteria lobby, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) campus Thursday, Feb. 12, in the lower cafeteria level, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Students will need to bring their health card for vaccination,” NOTL health clinic receptionist Laura Harrison says. The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care has provided funding to public health departments as well as college’s and universities for immunization clinics. “Mumps can have serious complications for young adults,” states the Niagara Region’s website www.niagararegion.ca. There have not been any cases of the mumps reported through Niagara College’s clinics. Adults who are not in post-secondary school but want the vaccine, can make an appointment by calling the public health department at (905) 688-8248 ext. 7425 or toll free at 1-888-505-6074. Most Ontarians, ages 18 to 25, have “only been vaccinated against the mumps once and may be susceptible again,” Harrison says. The Niagara Health system is already targeting post-secondary students to be immunized through the Mumps Catch-Up Vaccination Program. The program ends March 31.