There have been several cases of mumps in the college and you may have been exposed. If you have either had mumps or have received two doses of the MMR vaccine, the chance of developing mumps is extremely low. If, however, you have not had mumps and have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine, then it is quite possible that you might get mumps.
MMR is the best protection against mumps. Two doses of MMR are recommended. If you are under 25 you may have had only one vaccine. Please check with your GP and if you are not sure.
What is the Mumps? The mumps virus is spread from person to person by kissing, coughs and sneezes. Mumps causes fever, headache and usually painful swollen salivary glands with swollen cheeks or jaws. Complications are rare, however they include Meningitis and deafness, inflammation of the testicles and ovaries. Sterility occurs very rarely.
Students with Mumps must stay out of college for five days. To avoid missing exams or important lectures, please ensure that you are protected against the mumps.
What can you do?
- Check, with your GP whether you have had two doses of the MMR vaccine.
- Tell your friends to do the same.
- At the first signs of feeling unwell contact your GP or the Student Health Centre for advice.
Please call into the Student Health Service if you are not sure what to do or telephone 700 5766 for more information.
For more information, please view this, Mumps Factsheet