By Cassandra Duvall. CREATED Apr 25, 2014
DE PERE -- A confirmed statewide outbreak of Mumps is putting Northeast Wisconsin on alert. There has been one confirmed case in Brown County.
The De Pere Health Department is urging people to make sure they're vaccinated.
“Our partners or providers are on alert for the symptoms,” said Chrystal Woller, the City of De Pere Health Director. “It's an important step to take to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the community at large.”
Woller said families should be checking to make sure all members have been vaccinated.
Carisa Perrizo was visiting Play-a-Latte in De Pere Friday orning. She made the decision to vaccinate her children.
“They're all fine, all healthy kids,” she said.
But in recent years Woller explained that more parents are not vaccinating, leading to the spread of some diseases.
“I do think without the vaccinations they are putting other children at risk,” said Jessica Hunt, from Green Bay. She said she respects each parent’s decision to vaccinate or not.
Symptoms of mumps include fever, tiredness, and swollen glands. The first dose MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella) is given to children around 12 months old. The second dose is given at four to six years old.
The moms say it's every parent's choice, and it can be a tough one.
“If it gives them a lesser percentage of them getting what’s out there, I’m ok with that,” said Perrizo.
To check to see if you're been vaccinated, you can contact your local health department, or go online to search the Wisconsin Immunization Program.