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Mumps cases continue to spread throughout state

April 20, 2006

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will make 10,000 doses of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine available at no cost to assist local health departments with vaccination needs in counties where mumps cases have been reported.
Currently, there are 147 mumps (confirmed/probable) cases in 31 Kansas counties: Anderson, Atchison, Butler, Clay, Crawford, Douglas, Ellis, Franklin, Geary, Gove, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Marshall, Norton, Osage, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Riley, Rooks, Saline, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward, Shawnee, Trego, Wabaunsee and Wyandotte.
The vaccine, from the federal Vaccine for Children's Program, is to be used exclusively for the purpose of vaccinating people for mumps who have not received both MMR doses.
"If you have only received one MMR dose or neither MMR dose, we recommend going ahead and getting your vaccinations up to date to ensure you are better protected against mumps," said Dr. Howard Rodenberg, KDHE Division of Health Director.
"This includes adults as well as children. Some individuals will respond better to the vaccine than others, so a second dose provides an additional level of protection."
MMR vaccination is required for kindergarten school entry in Kansas, and has been since the 1990s.
Mumps is usually a relatively mild viral infection. It is transmitted through saliva, coughing, sneezing or being in close contact. Symptoms include fever, swelling and tenderness in glands around the neck and jaw.

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