Detroit Red Wings giving booster shots in effort to avoid mumps

Tuesday December 16th, 2014

The Detroit Red Wings are administering booster shots to personnel in an effort to avoid a mumps outbreak in the locker room, according to The Detroit Free Press

Mumps has been spreading throughout the NHL. Recently, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was diagnosed with the viral infections. 

The Red Wings are in the process of making booster shots available to players and team personnel. No one in the organization has been diagnosed with the illness, which generally presents itself through painful swelling of salivary glands, fever and aches. 

“I assume I’ve been vaccinated,” coach Mike Babcock told The Free Press. “But I also understand that a lot of European players wouldn’t have, so it’s important to provide the opportunity to them and that’s what we’re going to do, provide it to everybody and get it looked after.”

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- Phil Watson

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