Public Health Update
Public Health-Seattle King County informed Federal Way Public Schools of a confirmed mumps case in our district.Here is the letter Federal Way Public Schools sent out to parents and families on December 13, 2016. If families have any questions or concerns about their scholar's health, they should contact their health care provider.Here is the letter from Seattle & King County PUblic Health regarding the confirmed case.Here is what you need to know about mumps:What is mumps? Mumps is a disease caused by a virus. Typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and a loss of appetite. Then a person with mumps may develop swollen cheeks or jaw.How can you prevent mumps?
- Get mumps vaccine (included in the MMR vaccine).
- Stay away from anyone who has mumps.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Don’t share cups, spoons, forks, baby bottles, and other utensils.
What to do if you think you have mumps:
- Call your doctor if you or your child has the signs of mumps: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen cheeks or jaw.
- Stay home and away from other people. You are contagious during this time. This includes staying away from family as much as possible so they don’t get sick.