Don’t let mumps interrupt your studies or ruin your exams!


In 2019, there has been a large increase in the number of mumps cases reported from universities and secondary schools in the Dublin area. If you have not had mumps or have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine, you are at risk of getting mumps. 

What is mumps?
Mumps is a viral infection. Symptoms include fever, headache, and swelling of cheek and jaw. Meningitis (inflammation of the covering of the brain) can occur but usually resolves without problems. More rarely, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain itself) and deafness can occur. In adolescent and adult males, mumps can cause inflammation of the testicles (orchitis), but, contrary to popular belief, it is not a frequent cause of infertility. People are infectious for up to 7 days before the cheek swelling appears and remain highly infectious for 5 days after symptoms develop. 

What should I do now?
If you have received two doses of the MMR vaccine or have had mumps, there is no need for concern. If you have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine, or are unsure of your vaccination status and have not had mumps, then you should attend the Student Health Service or your family doctor for vaccination. 

What should I do if I think I have mumps?
There's currently no cure for mumps, but the infection should pass within 1 or 2 weeks.

Treatment that can be used to relieve symptoms includes:

  • getting plenty of bed rest and fluids
  • using painkillers, such as paracetamol – 
  • applying a warm or cool compress to the swollen glands to help relieve pain

If you require medical advice let your GP know in advance if you're coming to the surgery, so they can take any necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection

Can I attend college?
To prevent spread of mumps, you must stay at home for five (5) days after the swelling develops.

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