University of Exeter students urged to get mumps vaccine

Students at the University of Exeter have been urged to get an MMR jab because of outbreak of mumps.

Twenty-one students at the Streatham Campus have been diagnosed, with 16 in the past week.

The Devon university said students who were unsure whether they were up to date with the inoculation should have it done as a precaution.

NHS Devon said mumps symptoms included swelling of the salivary glands under the jaw, fever and a headache.

Mumps booster

It added that anyone with the symptoms should self-isolate for five days.

Mike Wade from the Health Protection Agency said: "This cohort of students probably didn't get the two doses of MMR which was released in 1996 and unfortunately the single dose vaccine can only confer protection of between 60% and 90%.

"That's why we're re-iterating that if students aren't clear about their vaccination history to go back and have a booster."

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