Flyers vigilant after mumps outbreak around NHL


It’s estimated that 11 players in the NHL, representing five clubs, have the mumps.

One of those clubs is the New Jersey Devils, who are missing Adam Larsson and Travis Zajac.

Mumps have become a concern to every club now, according to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall.

“We’ve talked about it. We’ve addressed some things,” Hextall said. “We’ve got it covered as much as we can. Clean buildings and wash your hands and vaccines and everything else you can do. We’ve done everything we can do to protect our players and our staff.”

Hextall is not certain how many Flyers have had the mumps or how many were vaccinated, but said the team is offering the latter.

“I don’t think you can get it if you’ve had it,” he said. “But if you’ve had the vaccination when you were young, apparently it wears off. I’m not a doctor. I shouldn’t be talking about this, but that’s what they’ve told me.”

Is it a concern?

“Absolutely,” Hextall said. “It’s been rampant around the league. And it’s not a one-day thing. I’ve talked to other managers, too, that it had gone through their team and their docs have told them that everybody on their team has been exposed to it, but only certain people are susceptible for whatever reason. We’ve talked long and hard about it. Talked to our medical staff numerous times and we’ve addressed it as best as we can.”

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