Health Information - Mumps

We have been made aware that a small number of students at the University may have contracted mumps.  Although mumps isn’t usually serious, it is sensible to be aware of the main signs and symptoms which can occur up to a month after contact. You can find out more about mumps here.

 The main symptoms of mumps can include:

  • swellings in the cheeks of face, in front of the ears or neck
  • muscular aches and joint pain
  • feeling sick
  • dry mouth
  • loss of appetite
  • tiredness
  • a high temperature of 38C or above

If you feel ill with any of these symptoms do not attend University.  You should make an appointment to see your doctor letting them know in advance about your concerns before attending the surgery.  Out of hours there are a range of options available including the local NHS walk in centre.  You can call NHS 111 for free if you are not sure which service to use.  

Students who have not had the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination or booster are advised to do so by Public Health England.  The MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine -  if you are unsure whether you have had the vaccine, you can contact your GP who will be able to let you know.  You can find out more about the MMR vaccine here


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