Student Wellbeing



Symptoms and Prevention

The Health Protection Agency in the North East has seen an increase in the number of mumps cases among people aged between 18 and 25. A number of these are among students resident in the region. 

Mumps is an acute viral illness transmitted by direct contact with saliva or droplets from the saliva of an infected person. We would often expect to see an increase during the winter period. Mumps begins with a headache and fever for a day or two before the parotid glands begin to swell. Swelling may be unilateral (one side) or bilateral (both sides). More information about the symptoms of mumps.

How can I protect myself and others?

  • Protect yourself by ensuring that you have had 2 doses of MMR vaccine.
  • If you are unwell, prevent spreading the infection by:
    • Staying at home for 5 days after the onset of swollen glands (don’t attend university and do not socialise during this period)
    • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water
    • Always use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. Throw the tissue in a bin immediately afterwards.

  • Please also inform staff from your halls of residence or contact Student Services on (0191) 208 3333

The best way to protect against mumps is to ensure that you have had two doses of the Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR). If you are unsure speak to your own GP who will be able to check your records and arrange for you to have the vaccine if needed.