Mumps

​Last Updated February 16, 2017

Mumps_girl_purple hair_WEB.jpgTacoma Public Schools was notified by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department that there have been two cases of mumps at Jason Lee Middle School, three cases at Stadium High School, and one case at McCarver Elementary school. Mumps is a very contagious illness that causes swelling of the glands in front of the ear, pain in jaw/neck area, fever, head ache and tiredness. Vaccination with the MMR vaccine can help prevent mumps. The risk of getting mumps for people who have not had these vaccines is high during this outbreak.  Regardless of your child's vaccination status against mumps, if your child experiences mumps symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider.

FREE Vaccinations

Free vaccinations are available at the Multicare/Mary Bridge Mobile Immunization Clinic at the South Hill Mall (next to the Old Country Buffet). This clinic is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday an on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Exclusion return dates for unimmunized students:

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has ordered Tacoma Public Schools to exclude unimmunized students for 25 days after the last potential exposure date. The table below list all schools where there are unimmunized students being excluded and the estimated return date. Tacoma Public Schools is in direct communication with excluded students and families and each student will have an individual learning plan during the exclusion period.

  • Return dates are estimated, based on 25 calendar days from the onset of the last mumps case at your school.
  • Unimmunized students who participate in regularly scheduled classes or activities at a school with a confirmed mumps case will be notified.
  • Please call 253-571-1015 for information specific to your student.
School
Estimated Return Date (as of February 16, 2017)
Stadium High School
March 10, 2017
Jason Lee Middle School
February 22, 2017
Bryant Montessori*
February 7, 2017
Grant Center for the Expressive Arts*
February 7, 2017


*based on exposure, no confirmed mumps case at school

McCarver Elementary (2/16/17): At this time unimmunized students will not be excluded from class because of this exposure. The health department was notified of the student’s illness after the time during which susceptible students would have been excluded.

If mumps is reported at my child's school, will they be excluded?

Grades K-12

If your child has no valid doses of the MMR vaccine:

  • Your child will be excluded from school and after school activities for 25 calendar days from the onset of the last mumps case at your school. We cannot predict if more children will become ill with mumps. Therefore, this period could be extended as long if children continue to become infected. 
  • This exclusion will continue until he/she has received at least one dose of MMR vaccine. Your child will be allowed to return to school once he/she has proof of at least one valid dose of MMR vaccine and is scheduled to get a second dose 28-42 days after the first dose.

If your child has one valid dose of the MMR vaccine:

  • Your child will be excluded from school and after school activities for 25 calendar days from the onset of the last mumps case at your school.
  • This exclusion will continue until he/she has received a second valid dose of MMR vaccine and can provide proof.

If you choose not to vaccinate:

  • If you decide that you do not want to get your child vaccinated, he/she will be excluded from attending school until at least 25 calendar days after the onset of the last mumps case at their school. Neither the school district nor the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department can estimate when exactly that will be.

If your child has two valid doses of the MMR vaccine:

  • Your child will be not be excluded from school and after school activities.

PRESCHOOL
The Center for Disease Control recommends a 2-dose series of MMR vaccine at ages 12 through 15 months and 4 through 6 years. The second dose may be administered before age 4 years, provided at least 4 weeks have elapsed since the first dose. Students must have two valid doses of the MMR to enroll in kindergarten.

If your child attends preschool and has one valid dose of MMR vaccine:

  • Your child may attend school and activities as normal.

If your child attends preschool and has no valid doses of the MMR vaccine:

  • Your child will be excluded from school and after school activities for 25 calendar days from the onset of the last mumps case at your school. We cannot predict if more children will become ill with mumps. Therefore, this period could be extended as long if children continue to become infected. 
  • This exclusion will continue until he/she has received at least one dose of MMR vaccine. Your child will be allowed to return to school once he/she has proof of at least one valid dose of MMR vaccine.

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