Jamal Goss reports at KTHV-TV in Little Rock:
The number of suspected mumps cases in Arkansas is growing. As of September 2, there were four confirmed and at least 48 suspected cases. Even though those cases are in northwest Arkansas schools, the concern is still spreading throughout Little Rock.
That outbreak has students without the disease staying at home. Arkansas's Department of Health warns parents to take advantage of a vaccine that can protect their child. That still makes some parents nervous.
Kristen Walbrup, a mother of three, is unsure if she will allow her youngest daughter to receive the vaccination after her oldest girl was rushed to the pediatrician after having received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Walbrup said, "I have met parents even sitting in the pediatrician's office who have children who have autism and they believe that it's a result of the MMR vaccine."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2013 did a study showing that vaccines do not cause autism spectrum disorder. The study examined the number of antigens (substances in vaccines which cause the body's immune system to fight diseases) from vaccines during the first two years of life. The results of the studies showed that children with autism and those without received the same amount antigens. There have been nine studies since 2003 that have shown no links between the MMR vaccine and autism in children.