Mumps outbreak in Denver: How to check if you’re immune

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DENVER -- Patients are coming down with the mumps in Denver, and others are reporting symptoms, even though they have been vaccinated.

Investigators believe the mumps outbreak began in Iowa. A resident moved to Denver and spread it to three friends.

The group showed up at Denver Health Medical Center's urgent care clinic on Feb. 2. Three clinic personnel then reported having mumps symptoms.

Chris Wolfe of Centennial's Any Lab Test Now said that is why it's important to get a blood test to make sure you're immune.

"It's pretty critical, I mean you want to know that you are safe from this kind of thing," Wolfe said.

The results will show if you have enough antibodies to fight off mumps or if you need a vaccination.

Wolfe's wife, Lori, a local surgical assistant at another office, offered to be a test subject.

"It was really quick, painless," she said.

"The test for the mumps is $49," Wolfe said. "We'll bring you back, you fill out some paperwork and you'll be on your way. And in two to four business days we'll have your results sent to you."

Lori Wolfe was anxious to get her results.

"Well, since I was born in 1969 and I'm sure I was vaccinated as a youngster but I never had the measles or the mumps, and I think it would be good to check for antibodies," she said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended MMR vaccine is said to be about 88 percent effective, but immunity can diminish with age.

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