Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, PA   — School authorities issued a “News Alert: Mumps information” yesterday in an email directed to subscribers of LMSD news and which was posted on the district’s website.


“Dear Lower Merion Families,”starts  the communication introducing the topic of the resurgence of measles in the greater Philadelphia area, including a mention of the outbreak at Temple University.


The Lower Merion School District referenced a 2017 publication by the Centers for Disease Control titled “Mumps and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It.”   The district refers to that sheet as a “Mumps Fact Sheet.”  

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According to Drugwatch, a consumer advocacy and education organization, the CDC in 2018 changed recommendations for certain vaccines including Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)


“In its 2018 recommendations, the agency endorses administering an additional dose of MMR vaccine to people who previously received two or fewer doses of the MMR vaccine during an outbreak,” reported Drugwatch.


“But, the guidelines state that health care practitioners should wait for details from public health authorities before deciding to give a third dose of the MMR vaccine.”


The CDC’s published information on Mumps states that it is a contagious disease that is caused by a virus. It typically starts with fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Then, most people will have swelling of their salivary glands. This is what causes the puffy cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw.  


Where mumps outbreaks are common


According to the CDC mumps outbreaks still occur, particularly in settings where people have close, prolonged contact, such as universities and close-knit communities. Examples of this include people who


  • Are strongly connected by social, cultural, or family ties

  • Participate in communal activities

  • Share a common living space


Quinlan’s email continued


“As explained in this Mumps Fact Sheet, mumps is a viral disease characterized by fever, swelling, and tenderness of one or more salivary glands, states Terry Quinlan, Lead Supervisor of School Health and Student Safety in the district.  “It is transmitted by droplets or by direct contact with the saliva of an infected person. A person with mumps can spread the disease from three days before and up to five days after the onset of illness,” according to Quinlan’s communique.


“If your child develops any signs and symptoms consistent with mumps, please consult with your health care provider. The best way to prevent mumps is through vaccination. Although some recent cases have occurred in people who are fully vaccinated, those patients are likelier to have milder cases.” states Quinlan in her news alert.


The alert closes out by reporting that the LMSD is in regular communication with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.  Any notification by the county to the district of a confirmed mumps case within the LMSD school community will be promptly shared with the community.


The email included Quinlan’s phone number 610-645-1829 and email address at the school district which is


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