Unvaccinated kids could spend 25 days at home if someone at their school develops mumps - a contagious disease making the rounds in Columbus, Ohio.
At least 224 people in Franklin and Delaware counties have contracted the virus, which causes fever, aches and swollen glands.
The outbreak emerged at Ohio State University in January, but has since spread off-campus.
"Clearly we're seeing a very large number of cases of mumps associated with what was first an outbreak at Ohio State and now is now a community outbreak," said Jose Rodriguez, a spokesman for Columbus Public Health. "We continue to be concerned about those who are unprotected; those who do not have their two doses of MMR."
The MMR vaccine guards against measles, mumps and rubella. A single dose, administered around a child's first birthday, immunizes 95 percent of kids who get it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And a second dose, given before the child starts school, covers virtuallyRead More »from No Shots, No School Amid Ohio Mumps Outbreak