We have been advised by Public Health England that there have been 11 further cases of mumps reported amongst Warwick students. It is really important that students of any age who have not had two doses of MMR vaccination should see their GP to arrange full vaccination.
Why are you at increased risk?
Over the past few years there has been an increase in mumps in young adults across the UK, mainly affecting older teenagers and young adults in their early twenties. This is mostly seen in those in further or higher education establishments. Some in this age group (mainly born between 1980 and 1992) may only have received one dose of the MMR vaccine or none.
Students of any age who have not had two doses of MMR vaccination should now seek the protection it affords. Any young person who has not had two doses of MMR vaccine is at risk of contracting, measles, mumps or rubella.
What is mumps?
Mumps is a highly infectious illness caused by a virus. It usually starts with fever and headache for a day or two. In most cases this is followed by swelling and soreness of the glands between the ear and the jaw. The mumps virus can also cause other problems. Men can get swollen, painful testicles and women can get swollen, painful ovaries. Ear infections, swelling of the pancreas and meningitis can also result. Mumps is usually more severe in adults than in young children.The time from becoming infected to becoming unwell is around 14-21 days. People with mumps are most infectious just before they become unwell and for 5-10 days afterwards.
How can you protect yourself?
Students coming to University should make sure they have had 2 doses of MMR vaccine. If you have not had 2 doses of MMR, please see your GP as soon as possible. Please tell the doctor or nurse if you think you may be pregnant or if you are planning a pregnancy as MMR vaccine is not recommended in pregnancy. In addition, staff and anyone who fears that their immunisations are not complete can approach their GP for further advice.
What should you do if you think you might have mumps?
Do not attend classes without seeking advice by phoning your GP or student occupational health service.
Where can I get more information about mumps?
Further information on mumps is available on the following website