As September comes to a close, the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) has informed us that Auckland is experiencing a mumps outbreak. There has been almost 400 cases of the mumps virus reported and can result in serious complications requiring hospitalisation.
What are the symptoms of mumps?
There are a few symptoms that might be indicative of the mumps virus.
- Pain in the jaw
- Swelling of the glands around the face
If exhibiting any of the above symptoms, contact your local GP or OneHealth’s Urgent care service right away.
How to treat mumps?
Mumps is best treated with isolation. Limit contact with others for up to around 5 days after swollen glands appear – you’ll be contagious until around that time. Children should be kept away from school & early childhood centres to prevent the spread of mumps in the community.
In addition, as mumps is a virus, it doesn’t respond to antibiotics or other medications. However, painkillers, ice packs on swelling and fluids can go a long way to alleviate the pain. Please consult with your local GP or a OneHealth GP before taking any medicines to treat the pain.
Mumps Prevention – MMR Vaccination
The good thing is mumps is protected by the safe & highly effective MMR vaccination. This also guards against measles and rubella.
How to protect you and your family against mumps?
Check that you and your family have received both MMR vaccine shots. You need both for the vaccination to be effective. If you haven’t, talk to your doctor or one of our expert local GPs at OneHealth about protecting yourself and loved ones. If unsure, it is safe to have a Booster vaccination.
Mumps is a highly infectious disease. If you think you have any of these symptoms, please don’t take it lightly and see a doctor right away.
If you would like more information about the mumps vaccine or have any concerns or questions about prevention, please do not hesitate to call OneHealth on 09 522 2800 or use this online contact form to get in touch.
Disclaimer: This news update is purely informative and should not be taken as medical advice, a diagnosis or treatment.