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Managing the mumps outbreak

As of 4 September, 2017

Update on Auckland mumps outbreak 

This page contains the latest information on the mumps outbreak plus a host of resources for the public, educational institutions, healthcare workers and health professionals.

Low vaccination rates are fueling Auckland’s mumps outbreak. Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is concerned not enough young Aucklanders are immunised in the face of an unrelenting mumps outbreak.

“The majority of cases are aged 10 to 29 years as this age group has had lower than average immunisation rates,“ says Clinical Director, Dr Julia Peters.  Around 80 percent of the current cases were not fully vaccinated.

“Most people recover from mumps however some individuals can develop rare complications which we have already seen this year. I urge parents to check with their doctors to ensure their families’ measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations are up to date.  Vaccination is free,” says Dr Peters.

If you are concerned about mumps please call Healthline for advice on 0800 611 116. Healthline has translation services available 24/7.

Information & Resources    

For health professionals

For people with mumps and their contacts

For early childhood centres

 For educational institutions

For healthcare workers

General mumps information

Media Releases

Outbreak Figures

400 confirmed and probable cases
Last updated 19 September, 11.00

Contact information

  • Health professionals: For more information, contact ARPHS on 09 623 4600
  • For more help or information call Healthline at 0800 611 116  (Healthline has translation services available 24/7) 

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