NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - As the mumps continue to spread in Northwest Arkansas, one Region 8 school is trying to get ahead of the outbreak.
The Newport School District recently used a Facebook post to caution parents about the dangers of mumps.
In Arkansas, children are required to be vaccinated to remain enrolled in school. However, some parents choose to sign a religious waiver to avoid the vaccine.
This leaves some children vulnerable to catching the disease according to health professionals.
"Here at the high school and at the elementary school, I know that we have a lot of kids with compromised immune systems, so my concern for the kids that do not get their immunizations is putting those children at risk," said Crystal Daniels, the school nurse for Newport High School.
Daniels hopes that parents will do their research and educate themselves on vaccinations before making a snap decision. She says should a child come into contact with the mumps it can be deadly.
The Newport School district requires any child infected with the mumps to stay home from school for 26 calendar days.
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