MOUNT PLEASANT, Sanpete County – School officials are asking students immunized in immunizations to stay home for several weeks as Sanpete County deal with a pout outbreak.
There are two confirmed mumps cases in Sanpete County, according to Superintendent of the North Sanpete District District Dr. Sam Ray. One of them was a student in the school district, he said.
Another possible mumps case is pending while health officials are awaiting test results, Ray said.
Ray did not tell which school the students had attending, but said that North Sanpete High School was "involved" in the outbreak.
School officials told all the parents and employees of the weekend outbreak, Ray said.
Students must get their vaccines up to date or at least start the MMR vaccination process, Ray said. Those who are not getting immunized or claiming an exemption vaccine will not be allowed back to school for at least 26 days, or until May 5, Ray said.
Parents and students may claim a vaccine exemption under the Utah state law, but the law also states that students with exemptions should stay home from school until they are declared a piston spray, according to Ray.
"We try to be useful to our parents," he said.
About 20 percent of school students claim an exemption, according to Ray. Some of the students may have mumps, so they do not need a vaccine, he said.
Some parents of students may have an exemption claim while they are registering their student because they have no access to the vaccination
Some parents have given the right paperwork because they are notified at the end of the week, and their students are allowed to return to school, Ray said.
The Sanpete County Health Department hosts a MMR vaccine clinic from 8:30 to 11:30 on Tuesday in the health department, located behind Mount Pleasant City Hall at 20 S. 100 West, said by Ray.
The Tuesday's clinic is for people who are not immunized, but the health department can help others if necessary, Ray said. Vaccines are available throughout the week in the health department, he added.
The school district is working with state and county health officials while continuing to appear, Ray said.
Persons who have received MMR vaccine from time to time will still have mumps, according to Centers for Disease Control. Even if the spread of the disease is reduced after it is introduced, pimps are still happening, especially in nearby communities where people have long-standing relationships with one another, according to the CDC.