Mumps in Schools and Tertiary Institutions

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) have confirmed several cases of mumps, with most arising in West Auckland. We want to ensure all students are aware and take the right actions to remain safe.

Symptoms of mumps

Symptoms of mumps include sore and swollen areas under the jaw/around the face, usually accompanied or preceded by fever, muscle soreness, poor appetite, fatigue and headache.

Prevention

Immunisation with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to protect against mumps.  Practising good hand hygiene and cough etiquette is also important.  

What to do if you become unwell

See your health professional if you haven’t been immunised, are showing symptoms or have any concerns. If you become unwell, it is important that you keep away from school/lectures until you are seen by your doctor to reduce the risk of spreading infection.

More information on this announcement can be found on the ARPHS website www.arphs.govt.nz.