• Mumps

    Whilst Public Health England advises that no special measures are necessary at the present time, in line with national guidance we are asking our staff and students to be aware of the potential signs of the infection.

    What is mumps?

    Mumps is a contagious viral infection which can cause swelling in the glands around the neck. General symptoms can develop a few days before the glands start to swell and can include:

    • Headache
    • Joint pain
    • Feeling sick
    • Dry mouth
    • Mild abdominal pain
    • Feeling tired
    • Loss of appetite
    • A high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F), or above.

    How the disease spreads

    Mumps is spread like colds and flu – through infected droplets of saliva that can be inhaled or picked up from surfaces and transferred into the mouth or nose. If you have or suspect you have mumps, you can help prevent it from spreading by:

    • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water
    • Using and disposing of tissues when you sneeze
    • Avoiding school, university or work for at least five days after the onset of swelling.

    Protecting against mumps

    In addition to taking these measures, you can protect yourself from mumps by making sure you have received two doses of the combined MMR vaccine (for mumps, measles and rubella). If you are not sure whether you have had two doses of the MMR vaccine, please check with your GP.

    If you haven’t, please make an appointment with your GP to discuss getting vaccinated. The MMR vaccine is freely available on the NHS and is the best protection against mumps.

    Further information is available from the NHS website

    When to see your GP

    If you suspect mumps, it is important to contact your GP but let them know the reason for your appointment before you attend the surgery.