With 191 confirmed and probable mumps cases, Spokane County is now reporting the most mumps in Washington state. The state has seen at least 438 cases as the outbreak continues it’s climb.
In Spokane County, 63 percent of the cases were fully vaccinated.
In King County, the tally has risen to 183 confirmed and probable cases with seven out of 10 cases reported from Auburn. 62 percent of cases were reported as fully vaccinated.
Pierce County has seen 46 confirmed and probable cases.
The Washington State Department of Health reminds people across the state to take precautions to help stop the spread of mumps.
It’s especially important for you to take precautions during winter holiday social gatherings. Avoid kissing, hugging and other close contact with anyone who is suspected of having mumps. If you have been exposed to mumps and feel ill, stay home to help prevent the spread of the disease and contact your healthcare provider.
Health officials remind the public to make sure you are up to date on your MMR vaccine. Two doses of the vaccine are recommended, at age 12 months and then again age 4-6 years. For people who have never had the immunizations, they can catch up by getting 2 doses separated by a minimum of 28 days. (People born before 1/1/1957 are generally considered immune).
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