Ongoing Spokane mumps outbreak prompts new vaccination clinic
Health officials have confirmed 152 mumps cases in Spokane County, prompting another free vaccination clinic.
Free measles, mumps and rubella vaccines will be available Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at the Salvation Army, 223 E. Nora from 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., the Spokane Regional Health District said in a news release. Free flu vaccines and diabetes screenings are also available.
The outbreak began in mid-December with two mumps cases and has led to exclusion orders for unvaccinated students in multiple districts.
The vaccine is about 88 percent effective in preventing mumps. Because most people are vaccinated, the majority of mumps cases still occur in vaccinated people.
Of the current cases, 91 were vaccinated, 10 were not vaccinated and the vaccination status of the other 51 is unknown.
The vaccination clinic is sponsored by the Salvation Army, Walgreens and the WSU College of Pharmacy.