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Mumps Information for Students

The mumps virus is spread from person to person by kissing, coughs and sneezes.   Mumps causes fever, headache and usually painful swollen salivary glands with swollen cheeks or jaws.Complications may cause inflammation of the testicles and ovaries.

If you do develop symptoms you need to stay out of college for five days and away from other people.

Students are advised to check that they had 2 MMR vaccines, measles, mumps and rubella.  If not the vaccine is available with your GP or at the student health service, Tel. 01 716 3134.


What is mumps?  Mumps is an acute viral illness that causes fever, headache and painful swollen salivary glands.

How is it spread? It is spread from person to person by coughs and sneezes.  It can also be transmitted through direct contact with saliva, including kissing.

How is serious is it?  You could be ill enough to miss two weeks from college, studying, taking exams and socialising.

What are the complications? Generally complications are mild but mumps can cause meningitis, deafness, inflammation of the pancreas, ovaries or testicles.

How can you be protected?
Immunisation with MMR vaccine is the best protection.  Two doses of MMR are recommended

Who needs to get MMR?  If you are under 25 and have only had one dose of MMR you need to have a second dose.  If you were never vaccinated with MMR you need two doses. Older students usually do not need MMR vaccine as they probably were infected with mumps as young children before the vaccine was available.

How many doses of MMR have you ever received?  If you don’t know how many doses you received check your immunisation records (check with a parent/GP/HSE community care office). If you are unsure you should go ahead and get at least one dose of MMR.


Or Health Protection Surveillance website at preventable/mumps/factsheets