HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Inside the Huntersville location of Any Lab Test Now, Clinical Lab Director Lennon Maye is preparing for parents to have their children's blood checked for the antibodies that protect a person from catching the mumps virus.
The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes and costs $49. The results often come back within a day, or two.
"You should have a level of immunity, antibodies that will say I am immune. If you have that and it's indicated in your blood work then you know you are protected," Maye said. "And they need to do a lap test to find out: do they have the antibody protection or not?"
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that last year had the highest number of mumps cases in a decade. WCNC.com reported on outbreaks at Lowes Corporate Offices, UNCC and Winthrop University.
"Yes. It's a concern. I have a college student and he's 20, but I don't want him to get sick. If I need to get him checked again, I will check again." said parent Brenda Oakley. "Anything concerning my child is important and I want him safe. Now he might not like getting stuck, but I'm going to get him checked."
The CDC says the vaccine may weaken over time and anyone with low antibodies can easily receive a booster shot to protect against mumps. Frequent hand washing is also recommended to protect against the virus.