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Community members encouraged to vaccinate

Date: 03/26/2019

Bangor, Maine – On the heels of the Maine CDC announcing a confirmed case of mumps in York County, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is reminding the community about prevention through vaccination after another suspected case has been ruled out closer to the communities it serves.

“Although in depth testing showed this was NOT a case of mumps, we know that the best way to prevent against these types of diseases is through vaccination,” says James Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, senior vice president and senior physician executive at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. “We know some people have chosen to not get vaccinated for various reasons, some based on misinformation,” Dr. Jarvis continues. “If you or your family members have not been fully vaccinated, take the time to reach out to your primary care provider to learn more about how you can protect yourselves and vulnerable members of our community.”

With a confirmed case of mumps in Maine, it’s also important for community members to recognize the symptoms. These include: 
  • Puffy cheeks and tender, swollen jaw
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle Aches
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
Find out more by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html
 
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