As I stated previously, I am committed to keeping you informed regarding any new developments related to the mumps virus in the Barrington community. During our daily conference call with the Lake County Health Department (LCHD) this afternoon, they reported one additional confirmed case at Barrington High School, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to three. There have not been any confirmed cases at other schools in the district.
Therefore, with three confirmed cases at Barrington High School, the LCHD will work with the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide a free Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine clinic for eligible Barrington High School students and staff. We anticipate the clinic to be available later this week. More information regarding eligibility, time and location of the clinic will be communicated when details are available.
The mumps virus is not contained to Barrington High School. LCHD has confirmed additional cases in and around the Barrington area. In order to reduce the spread of mumps throughout our community, please keep your child home from school if they experience any of the signs and symptoms of the disease. Be sure to notify your child's physician as well as the school nurse.
We will continue to have daily conversations with the LCHD and will provide you with any new information as it becomes available to us. For more information about the mumps virus, please visit this FAQ page. Thank you for your continued support during this issue.