Oct 25, 2016 3:00 PM
DURHAM - Health officials are reminding Granite Staters to get mumps vaccines after three cases were reported at the University of New Hampshire.
Mumps - an acute viral infection of the salivary glands - is contagious and can spread in a variety of ways like sneezing, coughing, contact with saliva (through sharing of utensils, towels, kissing, sharing cigarettes and drinks, etc.), or from contact with surfaces that have become contaminated with the mumps virus.
Symptoms include swelling and tenderness of the cheeks, usually preceded by fever, headache and muscle aches.
The best protection against mumps is vaccination. DHHS is recommending two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine for all school-age children. A second dose of MMR is recommended for students in college settings who have not already received two doses. UNH has a requirement for students to be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine as a condition of enrollment.
“We are asking the University community to be aware of the potential for mumps to be circulating on the campus and seek medical care if they develop symptoms,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan said. “While most individuals who get mumps will only have a mild illness and fully recover within a few weeks, we want to prevent mumps from spreading because it can cause serious health complications.”
UNH students concerned that they may have symptoms of mumps or would like to receive the MMR vaccine can contact UNH Health Services for information or an appointment at (603) 862-2856; or they can contact their primary care provider.
From 2011–2015 there were 5 reported cases of mumps in New Hampshire. In 2016, there have already been 9 reported cases.
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