Since 01 January 2017, Auckland Regional Public Health Service has received 55 notifications of mumps, with most arising in West Auckland. The age range of affected persons is 5 months to 51 years with over half occurring among students aged 10 to 19 years.
Cases have been reported in primary and secondary schools and more recently tertiary institutions. As in other countries where large school and tertiary institution outbreaks have occurred, the potential for major disruption to student learning is a concern. We urge all parents of school students and tertiary students to check that their measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) immunisation is up to date.
Immunisation with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to protect against mumps. Practising good hand hygiene and cough etiquette is also important.
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