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We just received an alert from the Kansas Department of Health stating there have been some outbreaks of Mumps at the University of Missouri as well as in Lawrence, Pittsburg, Manhattan and Colby, KS. Although we have not seen any cases in our district, we wanted to alert you to it. Here are some things you need to know:
Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It can be spread by close contact with an infected person. Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite, follwed by swollen salivary glands. Mumps can occasionally cause complications, including inflammation of the testicles or ovaries, meningitis, or encephalitis. Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks.
Anybody with symptoms of the mumps should isolate themselves and call their healthcare provider. They will let you know when to visit their office so as not to expose others in the waiting area. If a student has symptoms, the school nurse should also be notified, so that the school nurse and local health department can work to prevent additional illnesses. State law requires administrators, nurses and other health care providers to report mumps cases to KDHE within four (4) hours by telephone (24-hour Epidemiology Hotline: 877-427-7317). Anybody who suspects they may have mumps should stay home from work, school and any social activities.
People with mumps can spread the disease before the salivary glands begin to swell and up to five days after the swelling begins. Mumps spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat. An infected person can spread the virus through the following:
- Coughing, sneezing, or talking
- Sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others
- Touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands what are then touched by others.
In addition to staying isolated when you have mumps, you can help prevent the virus from spreading by:
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and put your used tissue in the trash can. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
- Washng your hands often with soap and water
- Avoiding sharing drinks or eating utensils
- Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, tables and counters.
After introduction of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, mumps became less common in the United States. MMR vaccine prevents most, but not all, cases of mumps and complications caused by the disease. Some people who receive two doses of MMR can still get mumps, especially if they have prolonged, close contact with someone who has the disease. If a vaccinated person does get mumps, they will likely have less severe illness than an unvaccinated person. Therefore the best way to reduce your chance of getting the disease is by being vaccinated with the MMR vaccine
For more information about mumps, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index/html
Attention 2016-2017 Kindergarten and New Students:
Click HERE for health forms required at enrollment.
My name is Laurie Brueckner, RN, and I am your child’s nurse in the health office at Prairie Creek. We recently moved to the Spring Hill area from Omaha, NE. I am very excited to join the school district and start a new adventure at Prairie Creek!
Please let me know if your child has any health concerns or medical conditions so we can provide the best health care at school. Examples of concerns include asthma, allergies, seizures, special diets, injuries or surgeries, or new medications. Please browse the Health Forms page for medical forms if needed.
If your child receives any immunizations this year, please provide written documentation to update his or her health records at school. Please go to the Immunizations page for the required paperwork.
Your child may have his or her vision, hearing and dental screenings performed this year. You will be notified if your child has any difficulties with the screenings.
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If you have any questions or concerns, you may reach me at 913-592-7167 Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. You may also email me or stop by the health office.
Looking forward to a healthy year,
Laurie Brueckner, RN