When a case of mumps was confirmed at Houston Schools, it impacted 16 students who did not have the required vaccination.
The district said a high school student tested positive for the contagious viral illness on Friday. It was confirmed by the Texas County Health Department. That student is being quarantined for 7-10 days.
Michele Moseley, one of the district’s two nurses, said 16 students who did not have the required vaccination – six in middle school and 10 in high school – were required to leave school Friday. They were allowed to return upon receiving the vaccination from the health department or a health provider. Moseley said 13 of the 16 students received the required shot and returned.
The three students who were not vaccinated cannot return to school for 21 days. Moseley said two families chose not to be vaccinated for religious beliefs and one for medical reasons.
Dr. Allen Moss, superintendent, said the district is working closely with the health department to follow all procedures and precautions.
“We want to do what we can do to keep it from spreading,” Moss said.