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Have you had your MMR vaccine?

MMR: Measles, Mumps, Rubella

The vaccine

The MMR vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself against measles, mumps and rubella.  It is important to ensure you have had two doses of the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. If you are unsure about your vaccine status, you can speak to your GP surgery who will be able to check your records and arrange for the vaccine if needed. There are no risks to your health if you get an extra dose.


Signs and symptoms – what to look out for:

Symptoms of measles include fever, sore red eyes, and rash. It can be a very serious infection for some people.

Symptoms of mumps usually last around two weeks and can include headache and fever but the most common symptom is swelling of the glands at the side of the face. This can give you the appearance of having a ‘hamster face’ and can cause pain and difficulty swallowing.

Symptoms of rubella include a rash, cold-like symptoms, and aching joints.


Do you think you have any of these symptoms?

If you think that you have mumps, contact your GP surgery or NHS 111 for advice. We would advise students with suspected mumps NOT to attend lectures or mix with other students until 5 days after the onset of swelling to help prevent spreading mumps to others whom may not be protected. You will also need to contact friends, housemates and family.


published on: 18th June 2019