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179 "at risk" students to be excluded from school due to mumps outbreak

179 "at risk" students to be excluded...

SPOKANE, Wash. - 179 Spokane area students were, or could eventually be, excluded from class due to their refusal of the mumps vaccine amid the recent mumps outbreak.

These are the current numbers according to area school districts:

Regal Elementary: 17 students will be excluded from class starting tomorrow.

Rogers High School: 28 students were excluded from class today.

Stevens Elementary: 15 students could get excluded, no date set.

Balboa Elementary: 18 students could get excluded, no date set.

North Central High School: 44 students could get excluded, no date set.

Mt. Spokane High School: More than 40 will be excluded starting tomorrow.

Trent Elementary School: 17 students were excluded from class today.

One student from University High School was diagnosed with mumps on Tuesday. University High doesn't have any exclusions planned yet.

Exclusions will last until the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) says it's safe for students to return to class.

Those who can't prove they've had the mumps vaccine or prove they're immune or are immunocompromised are forced to stay home for up to 25 days, and longer if more cases are discovered.

SRHD said there are 56 confirmed cases of mumps in the county, and that number is expected to rise.

Tuesday, SRHD got a shipment of 500 measles, mumps and rubella vaccines and recommend people who are not vaccinated to get that MMR vaccine from your local health care provider.

All this while families are concerned about the flu as well.

Dr. Gretchen Lasalle said there can be serious health complications with both the mumps and the flu.

"We get paratites which is that swelling of salivary glands for the mumps, meningitis can happen, deafness can happen, rarely there can be an inflammation of the testicles and that can cause some infertility issues with the mumps, and with the flu, serious pneumonias, and then there's the coast of all for hospital stays, doctor visits and medicine," she said.

The flu season will likely last into March, so doctors say there is still time to get the flu vaccine if you have not.

SRHD says it's been at least ten years since students were out of school because of exclusions.


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