The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a mumps outbreak alert this week, warning people and asking them to be cautious. Everyone in the state was asked to take extra safety measures. Since February, the Cedar Hill ISD has registered 41 confirmed mumps cases. Orlando Riddick, the superintendent of Cedar Hill High School, claims that from his point view the outbreak might be under control now since they took precautions from the onset of the mumps outbreak.
- In Texas, health officials issued a mumps outbreak alert asking everyone to be cautious.
- The Cedar Hill High School developed a forum for parents and students to get informed about the disease.
- Health officials asked people who were more exposed to the illness to get the third shot of the MMR vaccine.
He stated that specialists at Cedar Hill ISD could manage the situation, using their practices to mitigate the outbreak. He cannot tell for sure whether they will reduce the risk down to zero, but they are doing their best. The mitigation includes more cleaning efforts to disinfect the school, using more hand sanitizers while also offering booster vaccines to assure that everybody has their MMR vaccinations updated.
Dr. Glenn Hardesty, from Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, stated that the right thing to do is to recommend an additional vaccine against mumps. This year, Dallas County Health indicated that they had revealed 81 confirmed mumps cases in Dallas County. Health officials from Dallas also recommend two shots of MMR vaccine to avoid mumps infections.
Moreover, they recommend the third shot of the vaccine for those who are considered to be more exposed to the dangerous disease. Dr. Glenn Hardesty argued that these repeated vaccinations are not only mumps-related. He explained that on April 12, he diagnosed an individual with influenza. It is important for everyone to get their immunizations to avoid the unpleasant symptoms of the illness and repeated visits to a doctor’s office.
Hardesty also pointed out that people who are part of the groups of population which were more exposed to the disease should definitely consider getting a third shot of the MMR vaccine to prevent the disease from setting in and affecting their state of health. The CHISD Health Forum, where all parents and students will be offered a significant amount of information regarding the virus, is meant to focus on a great-variety of health problems, not only mumps.
The event will take place on April 19, at 6:30, in Hawkins Hall at Cedar Hill High School. The Texas Department of State Health indicated that this is the 20th year when the state experiences a high number of mumps cases.
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