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Health briefs: Colorado reports increase in mumps cases

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Colorado reports increase in mumps cases

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is alerting parents and healthcare providers about an increase in mumps cases, currently focused in the Denver and Aurora areas. There has been a sizable increase in mumps cases, nationwide, with outbreaks reported in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Washington and Illinois.

Mumps is a viral infection that causes painful swelling of salivary glands, a low-grade fever and headache. Some people with mumps have no symptoms. Severe complications from mumps are rare but can include swelling of the brain, inflammation of the ovaries or testicles or deafness. People are advised to contact a healthcare provider if their child develops any swelling of the glands around the ears or neck.

Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine are recommended for children, with the first dose at age 12 to 15 months and the second at age 4 to 6. Parents of school-aged children in Colorado are asked to review their children's immunization records; children not up-to-date on MMR vaccination could be excluded from school for 25 days or more if mumps cases are reported in their school.

For assistance in locating a child's immunization record, contact a healthcare provider, or call the Colorado Immunization Information System at 303-692-2437 or 888-611-9918.

People who have received two doses of the MMR vaccine are about nine times less likely to contract mumps than unvaccinated people when exposed to mumps. Anyone born during or after 1957 who has never had mumps or has never been vaccinated is at risk for mumps and should get at least one dose of the MMR vaccine. Two doses are recommended for adults at increased risk, such as students in college, trade school and training programs, international travelers and health care professionals.

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For more information about mumps vaccine, visit Contact your healthcare provider if you or child need MMR immunization.

Northwest Colorado Health offers all routine and recommended vaccines, including travel vaccines. To make an appointment, call 970-879-1632.

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Northwest Colorado Health's annual Hospice Daffodils fundraiser will be held March 14. Daffodils can be ordered online at Delivery is available for orders of 10 bunches or more; deliveries will be made March 13 and 14.

Daffodil orders can also be picked up at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Daffodils are $5 per bunch, $24 for five bunches or $46 for 10 bunches. Proceeds help ensure Northwest Colorado Health can continue caring for and supporting patients nearing the end of life in the Yampa Valley. For more information, call Kyleigh Lawler at 970-871-7609.

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Northwest Colorado Health is offering free cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to women age 21 to 64 through the Women's Wellness Connection. Eligibility for these services previously began at age 40. To qualify, women must meet financial qualifications, be in the U.S. legally and have limited or no health insurance. Women's Wellness Connection is a program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. For more information, visit or call 970-879-1632.