Archive for Friday, May 5, 2006

Cases of mumps continue to crop up

May 5, 2006

While more cases of mumps trickled into the Baldwin School District last week, bringing the total to five, the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department came out with advisories on who should get vaccinated and even sent vaccine to Baker University where the first local case was reported.

Last week, the school district reported two cases of mumps, both at Baldwin High School. However, on Friday the district announced three more cases, two more at BHS and one at Baldwin Junior High School. There were 1?? cases of mumps reported in Douglas County as of Wednesday. That's up from 162 last week.

Also on Friday, the health department released its recommendation on who should get mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) shots.

"The Centers for Disease Control and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommend a second MMR vaccine for the following susceptible persons: anyone who has no knowledge of having had the mumps disease; anyone who has not had two MMRs; and no laboratory indication of immunity," the release said. "Anyone born before 1957 is usually considered immune. However, during an outbreak, vaccination can be considered."

The health department sent 200 doses of vaccine to Baker Monday, but that's only for faculty and staff. Other residents who want vaccination can go to the health department office in Lawrence.

"Since Baker is a university and has a health center, we were told that we could send them vaccine since it was not going to be delivered directly to them from KDHE," said Sheryl Tirol-Goodwin, communications director for the health department. "As far as Baldwin City, residents can come to the health department for vaccine if they need one.

"But, people should check with their primary healthcare provider because they would also have some in their office," said Tirol-Goodwin.

According to the school district, information efforts are being made to students and staff. Information is also available on the district's Web site, which is accessible on the Signal's Web site at www.baldwincity.com. The story will also be updated on the Web site.

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