There have been over 370 cases with more than 60 schools affected this year. Schools have had to exclude students and staff with mumps and any close contacts who haven’t been fully immunised with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
This has disrupted the school, the students’ learning and parents who have had to take time off work. Mumps can have serious complications requiring hospitalisation.
The MMR vaccine will protect students from the contagious measles and rubella viruses as well.
Dr Julia Peters
Public Health Physician
ARPHS Clinical Director
Auckland Regional Public Health Service