Is your child immunized against the mumps?

Is your child immunized against the mumps?
Posted on 12/12/2016
An outbreak of mumps has developed in King County, mainly in the Auburn area, but the outbreak can easily spread to other schools and areas in King County. Mumps is a disease caused by a virus. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and a loss of appetite. Then a person with mumps may develop swollen cheeks or jaw. Most people with mumps get well in a few weeks. Some people who get mumps may have a mild illness or may not even know that they have the disease. However, mumps can occasionally cause serious health problems, especially in adults. These health problems can include swelling of the brain or deafness.

If an outbreak happens in Seattle Public Schools, students who are not immunized against mumps may be excluded from school by the Public Health Department for as long as 25 days.

HOW CAN YOU PREVENT MUMPS?
•    Get mumps vaccine (included in the MMR vaccine).
•    Stay away from anyone who has mumps.
•    Wash your hands often with soap and water.
•    Don’t share cups, spoons, forks, baby bottles, and other utensils.
 
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE MUMPS
•    Call your doctor if you or your child has the signs of mumps: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen cheeks or jaw.
•    Stay home and away from other people. This includes staying away from family as much as possible so they don’t get sick.

Learn more:
About mumps: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/mumps.aspx
For updates on the mumps outbreak in King County, follow the Public Health Insider blog (publichealthinsider.com)
Read about Mumps Outbreaks: Why We Care About Mumps and Is the Vaccine Working? By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County

Terri Helm-Remund, MN, RN, NCSN
West Seattle Elementary School
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Seattle, WA 98126

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