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Some students from Sanpete County asked to stay home from school in the midst of a small mumps outbreak



MOUNT PLEASANT, Sanpete County – School officials are asking students who are not up to date about vaccinations to stay home for several weeks as the Sanpete district is dealing with a mumps outbreak.

There are two confirmed cases of mumps in Sanpete district, says Superintendent Dr. Sam Ray from North Sanpete. One of them is a student in the school district, he said.

Another potential Mumps case is currently pending as health officials await test results, Ray said.

Ray did not say at which school the student who has mumps participates. However, North Sanpete High School is "involved" in the outbreak.

Schoolmates have informed all parents and employees about the outbreak during the weekend, Ray said.

Students need to update their vaccinations or at least start the MMR vaccination process, Ray said. Those who are not vaccinated or who have requested a vaccine exemption will not be returned to school for at least 26 days, or until after May 5, Ray said.

Parents and Students Can Request a Vaccine Exemption Under the Law of the State of Utah But the law also states that students with exceptions from the school must stay at home until a mumps outbreak is declared over.

"We try to help parents as much as possible," he said.

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0 percent of North Sanpete High School's students do not have their vaccines up to date, Ray said. However, some students may be included in this number because their parents did not provide the district with the necessary documentation to show that the student is up-to-date, he added.

Around 20 percent of the school's students have requested exemption, according to Ray. Some of the students may already have mumps, so they will not need a vaccine.

Some parents of these students may have requested a derogation when they enrolled their student because they did not have access to the vaccine papers during registration, he added.

Some parents have provided the relevant papers since they were notified over the weekend, and their students have been admitted back to school, Ray said.

The Sanpete County Health Department Will Host Mr Ray told an MMR vaccine clinic from 8:30 am to 11:30 am Tuesday in the health department behind Mount Pleasant City Hall at 20 p. 100 West.

The Tuesday clinic is designed primarily for people who have never been vaccinated, but the health department will accommodate others as needed, Ray said. Vaccines will be available in the health department throughout the week.

The school district is working with state and county health professionals as the outbreak continues, Ray said.

Individuals who previously received the MMR vaccine occasionally still get mumps, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Although the vaccine drastically reduced the prevalence of the disease after its introduction, mumps outbreaks continue to occur, especially in tight communities where people are in prolonged contact, according to CDC.

Jacob Klopfenstein
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