What is Mumps?
Mumps is a highly infection viral disease that is now very rare thanks to the MMR vaccine. However there have been outbreaks of Mumps infection due to a reduction in uptake of the MMR vaccine.
What happens if I get Mumps?
Mumps may cause no symptoms but usually 2 weeks after exposure infected people become unwell.
- Fever, headache, muscle soreness, loss of appetite & misery
- An inflammation of the glands at the side of the face (parotitis)
- Jaw pain and sometimes an inability to open the mouth
- Orchitis – testicular inflammation that can lead to infertility
- Meningitis – brain inflammation that causes headaches and photophobia
- Inflammation of the breasts, ovaries or any nerves in the body
What should I do if I think I have Mumps?
There is NO TREATMENT for mumps other than supportive care (Paracetamol, ibuprofen & fluids.
The most important thing is to prevent the spread of the disease so patients should be isolated for 5 days after the onset of facial swelling.
If you are concerned inform your doctor’s surgery that you think you may have mumps and arrangements can be made so that you can be seen without putting other patients at risk.
What about Vaccinations? ❤️💪💉
Vaccines reduce the risk of contracting mumps infection.
If you have not been fully vaccinated with the MMR please contact your doctor to arrange administration. Click here to request an appointment at one of our vaccination clinics.
It is important to use RELIABLE sources for information on vaccines such as your healthcare professional or the HSE Website.