Precautionary advice on mumps

Following the diagnosis of mumps in some students, we’d like to share this precautionary advice on signs and symptoms from Public Health England.

The most common symptoms of mumps are fever and swelling of the parotid glands (at the side of the face under the ears). Both glands are usually affected by the swelling, although only one gland can be affected. The swelling can cause pain, tenderness and difficulty with swallowing.

Other symptoms of mumps include headaches, joint pain and a high temperature, which may develop a few days before the swelling of the parotid glands.

Please contact your GP or NHS 111 if you experience any symptoms and stay away from classes and people for at least for five days after onset of swelling.

Public Health England has advised that the risk of infection is low, particularly if you have received two doses of the MMR vaccination, which provides protection against mumps, measles and rubella.

If you have not received two doses of the MMR vaccination, we advise you get immunised as soon as possible by contacting your GP.

More information is available on the NHS Choices website.