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NHL mumps outbreak puts spotlight on vaccinations


The Star, Toronto, Canada
By Andrea Gordon

Sidney Crosby’s rosy-cheeked image has appeared on ads for Tim Hortons, Gatorade and Reebok. Now swollen cheeks and a case of the mumps have made him the involuntary poster boy for a different kind of campaign.

The message from this one? Check your vaccination records and make sure your shots are up to date.

Public health officials, at least, are seeing it that way during an outbreak of the vaccine-preventable disease among young players in the National Hockey League.

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