Health Warning: Mumps
There are a number of mumps cases in King County (currently 11 confirmed and 43 probable), mainly in the Auburn area. If a case of mumps occurs at a school, students who are not up to date with the MMR vaccine may be asked to stay home from school.
It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of mumps and what you can do to protect your child and others from getting mumps. Mumps is a disease caused by a virus and typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and a loss of appetite; the person may also be develop swollen cheeks or jaw.
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 Your Child Has Mumps
Call your doctor or your health clinic 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.
Vaccine requirements: King County Health Department. Gives general immunization information including school requirements and travel information.
Adolescents, grades 6-12, Immunization information: Recommended vaccines for adolescents and the diseases they prevent.
Immunizations Preschool 2016-17 (English). 2016-2017 immunization requirements for child care or pre-school students.
- About mumps on the King County website
- For updates on the mumps outbreak in King County, follow the Public Health Insider blog
- Read about “Mumps Outbreaks: Why We Care About Mumps and Is the Vaccine Working?” By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health, Seattle and King County