A number of students at Toot Hill School in Bingham have been suspected of contracting mumps
An outbreak of mumps has been reported at a school in the area.
In recent weeks, there have been a number of students at Toot Hill School in Bingham who have been suspected of contracting mumps, and there are 16 reported cases of the infection.
In accordance with official guidelines, the school registered the information with Public Health England (PHE)’s East Midlands Protection Team on Friday, and the organisation is working closely with the school to advise students about mumps and explain why obtaining the MMR vaccination is important.
Mumps is a highly contagious viral infection, and there have been a rise in reported cases recently due to parents not giving their children the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination.
The most common and distinctive symptoms is the swelling of the parotid glands under the ears, as well as headaches, a fever and joint pain.
Mumps usually passes within two weeks, but in rare instances, can lead to dangerous illnesses such as meningitis, so PHE advises that teenagers and young adults aged 15–24 years protect themselves against mumps by having the MMR jab as soon as possible.
Dr Vanessa MacGregor, consultant in health protection at PHE, said: “We have seen a rise in the figures recently and teenagers and young adults who have not had two doses of MMR vaccine are particularly vulnerable.
"Young adults who have not received the MMR or only received one dose should ensure that they take up the offer of MMR vaccination.
"However, it’s not just students who are at risk and we would urge everyone who hasn’t received two doses of MMR vaccine to do so. MMR also gives immunity to measles and rubella.”
Sandy Paley, Head of Toot Hill School, added: “The school has distributed the official Public Health England advice to all parents and staff and are reinforcing the guidance to our students in school.
"Our first priority is always the well-being and health of our students and we are continuing to monitor the situation closely.”
"The school will continue to monitor the situation and advises that anyone requiring further information contact the Public Health England East Midlands team."
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