Protect yourself against mumps

Posted by nm365 at Mar 02, 2020 04:20 PM |
Check you have had your MMR vaccine

What is mumps?

Mumps is a contagious viral infection is most recognisable by the painful swelling of the glands on the sides of the face, giving a person with mumps a distinctive "hamster face". Other symptoms include headaches, joint pain and fever, which may develop a few days before the swelling.

Mumps is spread in the same way as colds and flu: through infected droplets of saliva that can be inhaled or picked up from surfaces and transferred into the mouth or nose.

Protect yourself against mumps

The most effective way to avoid getting mumps it to get both doses of the MMR vaccine.

If you haven’t received both doses, or are unsure if you have been vaccinated, you can easily check your vaccination records online, or alternatively contact your GP for advice.

Find out more

You can find out more about mumps, and the MMR vaccine, on the NHS website.

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