We have been advised by the Ministry of Health that there have been a few cases of mumps in New Zealand over the past few months, including the Waikato region. We ask families to familiarise themselves with prevention and symptoms to be aware of:
Symptoms to watch out for
The best prevention against mumps is immunisation with 2 doses of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR). Vaccination is free.
A person at school while they are infectious with mumps (7 days before until 5 days after the swelling of the salivary gland(s)) is very likely to spread the disease to other children and adults who are not immune.
Please make sure that your children’s immunisations are up to date. If you are unsure, check with your family doctor.
People with mumps, and susceptible people who have been exposed to mumps, should not attend school and mix with other susceptible people while they are infectious. Susceptible people include those born after 1981 who have not had a mumps infection or have not been fully vaccinated for their age.
Mumps in a disease notifiable to the local Medical Health Officer. Following a case of mumps, the local Medical Health Officer will make the decision around the exclusion from school of susceptible children or adults exposed to the case.
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