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Notes from the Nurse Feb. 21, 2019
Brian Hilton
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Influenza and Mumps update:

Bozeman has had 3 cases of mumps last week and 5 documented cases in December.   Mumps is a virus. Unfortunately this means that we have no medications to treat it, the virus has to run its course.  It can last for up to 2 weeks. Symptoms include swollen painful glands in the neck, fever/chills, muscle and body aches, neck swelling, loss of appetite and fatigue.  Unfortunately the virus can take up to 12-25 days to start causing symptoms, so people don’t always know that they are infected right away. If you have received the MMR vaccination you should be immune to this virus.  If you have any questions regarding your immunization status, please contact your primary care provider for more information. If you are not vaccinated or have a weakened immune system in any way you should avoid those who are sick.  If you are not vaccinated and wish to be protected from viruses like mumps and measles you can contact the county health department at 843-4295 or MVMC at 682-4223, or contact you primary care provider. There are currently no mumps in Madison County and there are no measles in Montana at this time. 

Influenza: 

Madison County has been experiencing high volumes of positive influenza these past few weeks.  Please watch for signs and symptoms of this infectious disease. These include:  Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

Not all symptoms will be present when experiencing influenza.  If your child has a fever, 100.5 or greater, please keep them home until they have been fever free for 24 hours.  If they’re experiencing multiple symptoms of influenza, we encourage you to get them tested. This will help decrease the spread of influenza and keep contagious children home for the allotted time needed. Please help us keep our children healthy!