Breaking News - Mumps
We have been made aware of several reported cases of the viral infection Mumps.
Mumps is a contagious viral infection that used to be common before the introduction of the MMR vaccine.
It is often recognised by the painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears, giving a person with mumps a "hamster face" appearance. Flu type symptoms are also a sign. Visit the NHS website for more information on symptoms and treatment.
It's important to contact your GP if you suspect mumps so that a diagnosis can be made. Your GP can usually make a diagnosis after seeing and feeling the swelling. A person is most contagious a few days before the symptoms develop and for a few days afterwards.
During this time, it's important to prevent the infection spreading to others, particularly teenagers and young adults who haven't been vaccinated. You can protect yourself against mumps by making sure you have had 2 x MMR vaccines.
Call Student Health at SHU for further advice or to book in.
Whether you’re a first year living in halls, or a returning student, don't wait until you feel unwell to register with our medical centre.
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