We have received a health alert from the Department of Public Health related to an outbreak of mumps. Please be aware of the following M.D.P.H. (Mass. Dept. of Public Health) information:
The Northeast US has been experiencing a large outbreak of mumps that began in the summer of 2009. As of January 29, 2013, a total of 1,521 cases were reported (CDC, 2013). The outbreak has primarily affected members of a tradition-observant Jewish community in New York and New Jersey. Recent reports have indicated that the outbreak continues to spread, with over 2,000 cases total, and cases occurring in New England and Canada. Although little transmission has occurred so far outside the initial community, mumps can spread rapidly in congregate settings such as colleges and schools.
Although mumps vaccination alone is not sufficient to prevent this outbreak, maintaining high two-dose coverage of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination coverage remains the most effective way to prevent and limit outbreaks when they occur.
Routine Vaccination Recommendations
Immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) is required for school and childcare attendance. The law allows only medical or religious exemptions for the MMR requirement. In accordance with MDPH and Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations, if there is a case of mumps, all students and staff who are susceptible (without evidence of immunity), including those with exemptions, will need to be excluded from day 12 through day 26 after exposure.
· Children: All children >12 months of age should receive their first dose of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) at the 12-15 month routine health care visit. All school-aged children should have two doses of MMR vaccine.
· Outbreaks: During outbreaks, all school-aged children and adults with one dose of MMR vaccine should receive a second dose.
Students with Suspect Mumps
Mumps is infectious for two days before through five days after onset of swelling (day of onset is day zero).
- Students should remain in isolation at home through five days after swelling onset.
If you have any questions related to the mumps please contact your child’s pediatrician.