In light of the nationwide measles outbreak and recent cases of mumps in Utah, the Bear River Health Department is reminding the community about the importance of immunizations.

Since the beginning of the year, 13 cases of mumps have been identified throughout the state of Utah. Typically Utah only sees 2-3 cases annually. Mumps is a contagious diseased caused by a virus and usually starts with fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Symptoms may occur two to three weeks after exposure to the virus and may include swollen, painful salivary glands on one or both sides of the face. Complications can include inflammation of the testies or ovaries, and deafness. While mumps is mild for most who are infected, it can be serious for infant and persons who are immunocompromised. The vaccine given for Mumps is typically the MMR. Click HERE for the CDC recommended guidelines for the preventing Mumps.

As the measles outbreak continues to spread in parts of the US, there is concern that some adults who may have received the vaccine when they were younger may not be fully protected. Individuals born between 1957-1989 may have only received one dose of the vaccine and may not have complete immunity. Those who are uncertain about their immunization history should receive a booster dose to reduce their risk of contacting measles and spreading it to other people. Measles is substantially more dangerous than mumps and other childhood diseases. Measles causes high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes followed by a rash. Complications of the disease may include ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, brain damage, and death The MMR vaccine has been in use for more than three decades in the US and is proven to be safe and effective. Click HERE for the CDC recommended guidelines for preventing measles.