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There has been an increase in mumps cases in 2016. The rise in cases have been clustered in Iowa, Illinois, and Arkansas. Mumps is an acute viral illness and is spread from person to person through the air or by direct contact with saliva or infected droplets.  Symptoms of mumps usually appear 12 to 25 days after exposure and cause inflamed, swollen and tender salivary glands. Other signs and symptoms of mumps infection may include fever, fatigue, weakness, cough, or pain with chewing or swallowing. Some mumps patients may even be asymptomatic. 

Vaccination is the best way to protect against mumps. This vaccine is included in the combination measles-mumps-rubella (MMR). MMR is a 2 dose vaccine series usually given in childhood beginning at 1 year of age with the second dose between 4-6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination. Outbreaks and cases of mumps can still occur in vaccinated individuals. The mumps component of the MMR vaccine is about 88% effective after 2 doses. This does not mean the vaccine is ineffective, high vaccination coverage helps to limit the size, duration, and spread of mumps outbreaks. To check if you are up to date on your MMR vaccine visit the Wisconsin Immunization Registry at: https://www.dhfswir.org/PR/clientSearch.do

If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of mumps, notify your physician to get tested. Individuals who are being tested for mumps should be advised to refrain from work and other public activities until mumps can be ruled out.  Individuals are considered infectious 2 days prior to the onset of swelling (counted as day zero) through 5 days after the onset of swelling.

To learn more about mumps, visit the following websites:

https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/mumps.htm



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North Shore Health News

Radon Exposure is the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer 

January is Radon Action Month! Start the year by testing your home for radon. Click here to learn more.


Help us take 1 Billion Steps!
Visit the following website to sign up: https://stridekick.app.link/join-challenge?id=55334 


Meningococcal B vaccine

If you are or have an undergraduate student returning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for semester break, students are advised to get your second dose of the meningococcal disease serogroup B vaccine. Contact your health care provider to schedule this vaccine. More information on the Meningococcal disease outbreak at the University of Wisconsin Madison can be found at https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/front/meningitis-and-prevention


CDC Updates Guidance for Pregnant Women and Women and Men of Reproductive Age for the Zika Virus in Florida
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North Shore Health Department Newsletter
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Flu Shot Clinics 
Visit our clinic page to make an appointment for your flu shot!  

Can't get out for your flu shot?

Flu vaccinations available for home bound residents of the North Shore- Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay. Call the health department and schedule your appointment today! Click here to learn more. 


Zika Cases in Florida Were Likely Spread by Mosquitoes, a First in the Continental U.S.

Click the link below to access the full article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/30/health/zika-virus-florida-case.html?_r=1


CDC Recommends Against FluMist for 2016-2017 Flu Season

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) states that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season due to relatively lower effectiveness from 2013-2016. Click the links below to learn more. 

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/s0622-laiv-flu.html  

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/06/27/483706023/how-flumist-slipped-from-preferred-to-passe


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In partnership with the communities we serve, the North Shore Health Department assures, promotes, and protects the health and safety of the people in the North Shore.

Contact NSHD

The North Shore Health Department offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at (414)371-2980 during our regular business hours 

If you have an urgent public heath need during non-office hours, please call the Bayside Communications Center's non-emergency number at (414) 351-9900 and the appropriate public health authorities will be notified.