Ohio State vaccinates for mumps after outbreak

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has started a campaign to vaccinate more students and employees against mumps as an outbreak continues to spread.

Interim President Joseph Alutto sent a university-wide email Monday urging those who are most susceptible to the virus to receive two doses of the vaccine unless they can document that they have already been immunized.

Alutto said in the email that it wasn't required but compliance is "strongly recommended."

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1iaVvOi ) reports that OSU will administer vaccines at four locations on campus.

Alutto had already assembled a team this month to combat the outbreak on the Ohio State campus. As of Monday, more than 250 mumps cases had been reported in Franklin and Delaware counties in central Ohio, including 153 cases linked to OSU.