Scott Co. Health Dept. sends mumps letter to school

By Jim McCabe on April 13 at 1:04pm


A letter from the Scott County Health Department sent to parents of students at Winchester School District indicates the virus may be on the move.

The letter, posted on the district’s website on Friday, says someone in the Winchester schools “may have” contracted a case of the mumps. It’s the third county in West Central Illinois to be dealing with the issue. Morgan County has been hit hard, and the mumps was recently reported in Greene County.

The letter encourages parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on their mumps vaccinations. The Scott County Health Department says school-aged children should have received at least one dose of a mumps vaccine on or after their first birthday.

A second dose of the MMR shot is also recommended four children four to six years old.