Mumps Activity Reported in Several Provinces
Several provinces, including Manitoba and Alberta, are reporting mumps. Transmission has occurred in the context of sports activities and bar scenes in young adults; however, in Manitoba, mumps is now being reported in all ages throughout the province.
Mumps Activity in Canada: Manitoba has been reporting cases of mumps since September 2016; British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia are also reporting cases. The outbreak in Manitoba began with a university sports team and now is being reported in all ages throughout the province. Saskatchewan is not experiencing an outbreak of mumps. There have been no cases of mumps reported in Saskatchewan to date in 2017 and two reported cases of mumps were reported in 2016.
Mumps is an acute viral infection characterized by unilateral or bilateral tender, self-limited swelling of the parotid or other salivary glands. Symptoms may be mild and include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Up to 30% of infections may be asymptomatic and symptoms occur 14 to 25 days following exposure.
The mumps virus replicates in the upper respiratory tract and is spread through contact with respiratory secretions or saliva. Transmission is more likely in crowed environments and with close contact such as classrooms, sporting events, bars, and dormitory living.
Risks in Saskatchewan:
- An immunization coverage rate of 75% to 86% is required to stop/interrupt transmission – our coverage rates range from 59% (at 13 months) to 89.5% (at 17 years).
- University students, including international students and athletes, may not have had 2-doses of mumps-containing vaccine, creating conditions for disease transmission.
- Under-immunization or no immunization increases the risk of transmission.
- Mumps-containing vaccine (i.e. MMR) was introduced in Saskatchewan in 1979. Individuals born between 1979 and 1990 may have only received one dose.
- Risk increases the longer and the closer a person comes into contact with someone who has mumps.
To help reduce the spread of the mumps virus:
- Vaccination is recommended.
- Keep people suspected of having mumps from childcare, school, post-secondary settings and workplaces for at least 5 days after onset of parotitis and for 9 days if symptoms persist.
- Cover mouth and nose when coughing.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Avoid kissing or sharing eating utensils, water bottles, drinks, and lipsticks.
For more information on the mumps virus and immunizations contact the Public Health Office or call the HealthLine at 811 or check out the website below:
Protecting Yourself and Everyone Around You from Influenza
Immunizations are the best way to protect yourself, your family, and those around you from influenza. The Heartland Health Region will begin its seasonal influenza immunization campaign with the first clinics of the season beginning October 31st.
Vaccine will once again be available to all Saskatchewan residents at no cost. This year, the public influenza vaccination program will be providing only the injectable vaccine. Furthermore, this year’s injectable vaccine will have four protective components as opposed to previous years where there have been three. This gives a wider spectrum of protection. There will be no free nasal mist. Recommendations from both the Canadian and American immunization advisory committees, based on recent studies, are that the injectable vaccine is more effective.
Any person can attend any of the available public clinics to receive their immunization. Several clinics will be offered in a number of communities throughout the region starting on October 31st. Several of these clinics offer evening hours for those unable to attend a clinic during regular business hours.
Everyone is encouraged to receive their seasonal influenza vaccination.
“Influenza is more serious than the common cold and can cause significant illness and even death, especially in more vulnerable populations. Last year we also observed significant illness in the working age adult population. A number of people get seriously ill every flu season and sadly we do experience deaths in our region each year due to influenza. We are strongly urging the public to get immunized and help minimize illness and complications in our communities,” commented Dr. David Torr, Medical Health Officer for the health region.
“Vaccine is safe, effective, and protective and very rarely causes any complication. I strongly encourage everyone to get their annual influenza immunization and to encourage family, friends, and other members of the community to do the same – it is free and available to all,” added Torr.
High risk groups for influenza include health care workers, adults and children with chronic health conditions, child care providers, residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities, seniors, healthy pregnant women, and children younger than five years but older than six months of age.
Pharmacists will provide free flu vaccinations again this year as part of the province’s seasonal influenza (flu) immunization program. This additional option provides increased access, choice and convenience for residents.
In addition to the public health immunization campaign, the public may also choose to receive their immunization from participating physician/nurse practitioner offices and pharmacies. Please speak with your physician, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist to inquire about their offering of influenza immunizations.
For more information regarding the dates and locations of the 2016 seasonal influenza immunization clinics in your community and participating pharmacies please check out our website http://hrha.sk.ca/programs-services/public-health-immunizations You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest Influenza information and available clinics, @heartlandhr is our Twitter tagline. You may also speak to your family physician or call the provincial HealthLine at 8-1-1.
There are no more planned clinics for influenza vaccinations but the vaccine is still available. Please contact your local Public Health Office to schedule an appointment to receive yours.
Rosetown Community Health Services – 882-2672 Ext. 3 / option 3.
Davidson Community Health Services – 567-2305
Outlook Community Health Services – 867-8676
Kindersley Community Health Services – 463-1000
Kerrobert Community Health Services – 834-2646 Ext. 2815
Unity Community Health Services – 228-2666
Biggar Community Health Services – 948-3323 ext. 2730
Pharmacists to Provide Free Flu Vaccinations Again This Year
Pharmacists will be able to provide free flu vaccinations again this year as part of the province’s seasonal influenza (flu) immunization program. This additional option provides increased access, choice and convenience for residents. Below is a list of those providing this service in Heartland Health Region.
|Biggar||Pharmasave #415||215 Main Street|
|Biggar||Leslie’s Drug Store Ltd.||205 Main Street|
|Davidson||Midway Pharmacy||133 Washington Ave.|
|Kindersley||Kindersley Co-op Pharmacy||214 Main Street|
|Kindersley||Pharmasave #417||301 Main Street|
|Kindersley||Walmart Pharmacy #1065||710-11th Ave. E.|
|Macklin||Delta Co-op Pharmacy||4716 Herald Street|
|Outlook||Riverbend Co-op Pharmacy Ltd||218 Saskatchewan Ave.|
|Outlook||Outlook Medical Pharmacy||219 Franklin Street|
|Rosetown||Central Plains Co-op Pharmacy||401 Main Street|
|Rosetown||Pharmasave #418||117 Main Street|
|Unity||Delta Co-op Pharmacy||103-2nd Ave. W.|
|Unity||Our Drug Store (1996) Inc.||P.O. Box 877|
|Wilkie||Wilkie Pharmacy Ltd.||109 2nd Ave. E.|