Welcome to North Shore Health Department The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 1/17/2017 Did You Know? 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 Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.