Are you fully immunised against Mumps?
Are you registered with a Doctor yet?
You may be aware that over the last few years there has been an
increase in the number of people aged 18-28 in the UK who have
contracted the mumps infection.
The reason why this age group has a high risk of mumps is that
most are too old to have been vaccinated. Students under 28 are
most at risk. Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine was only
introduced in 1988. A booster dose was introduced in 1996
Mumps is an infection caused by a virus and symptoms
You catch mumps by being in close contact with someone who
already has the infection. The virus is passed in the secretions of
the infected person’s nose and throat and is spread by their
sneezing, coughing and kissing. Also, it is possible to catch mumps
from direct contact with articles which have been contaminated by
the saliva of an infected person eg. hankies.
To reduce the risk of developing mumps, it is advised by the
Health Protection Agency (www.hpa.org.uk - opens in a new
window) that if you are not immune you should receive the MMR
vaccination at your earliest opportunity by speaking to your NHS
Doctor (General Practitioner).
If you have not yet registered with a GP please do so. A list of
doctors is available from the
Students' Union - list of GP's - opens in a new
Is it advisable not to attend University or work until 10 days
after the onset of swelling. Please consult your GP who will be
able to offer advice on treatment and care.
Mumps is infectious for 2 – 7 days before the facial swelling
first occurs and for approximately 9 - 10 days after the appearance
of the symptoms. General advice is to stay away from the University
for at least 5 days after symptoms first develop. You should
confirm this with your GP.
The incubation period (time between infection and the onset of
symptoms) is between 14 – 21 days.
Why not visit the NHS
Direct Choices website (opens in a new window) for some
excellent resources and help guidance.
For more information on immunisation and the mumps infection
visit the following site:
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