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Dear Coeur d'Alene Public Schools community,
This is a Mumps Alert.
You may have been following the mumps outbreak in nearby Spokane County, where there are currently more than 150 confirmed cases. Panhandle Health District reports there is now one confirmed case of mumps in North Idaho and a high likelihood of an outbreak in the near future.
Mumps is a highly contagious respiratory disease spread through direct or indirect contact, including when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands causing puffy cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw. If you or your child(ren) have any of these symptoms, contact your physician right away.
Coeur d’Alene Public Schools strongly encourages our families and staff members to take precautions to prevent the contraction of mumps. Frequent and thorough hand washing, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, staying current on vaccinations, and staying home when sick are all good ways to prevent the spread of disease and illness.
Please be aware that in the event of an official outbreak in any one of our Coeur d’Alene Public School facilities, every student, staff, sub and parent volunteer at that location will be required to have a mumps vaccination to enter the building.
In the event of two or more confirmed cases in any one building — which classifies as an official outbreak — students who do not have proof of an MMR vaccination, even if they have a signed exemption, will be excluded from the affected school to protect our students and staff. Idaho Code 33-512-(7) outlines exclusions related to contagious diseases. Exclusions would last 26 days from onset of the last confirmed case.
The State of Idaho guidelines are:
Under the guidance of Panhandle Health, we are have reviewed the vaccination records of all students in the district and are sending letters to families of students who do not meet these requirements.
We recommend that you prepare now.
Ensure everyone in your household is up-to-date with the MMR vaccine. Those needing the MMR vaccine should call their family physician or Panhandle Health District to schedule an appointment.
Letters containing this information have been emailed to parents and staff district-wide. Any new or additional information we receive will be posted here. If you have questions about the mumps or the MMR vaccination contact Panhandle Health today at (208) 415-5270.
Thank you for your cooperation and please, stay healthy.