Medical Officer of Health Dr Rob Weir said: “I am really appreciative of the on-going support in the community involving previous cases, and am working with the school community in this instance to minimise its spread.
“Mumps causes painful swelling of the face, and may be accompanied by fever and headache. Most illnesses go away after 7-10 days without problems, but can result in serious complications.”
The best protection against mumps is the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. Those who are unsure about their MMR vaccinations should check with their practice nurse. MMR vaccination is free for anyone who needs it.
The following Pacific countries do not include mumps in their vaccination schedule: Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Anyone who received their childhood vaccinations in these countries is advised to request an MMR vaccination from their GP as soon as possible.
Given the increasing number of cases in the community now is the time to suspect mumps if you have typical symptoms. If you do suspect mumps it is important that you minimise the risk of spreading it to others by isolating yourself at home and then calling your doctor before visiting. You can also call Healthline for advice on 0800 611 116.
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