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Warning to students over measles and mumps in the East of England

Students across the east are being warned to get vaccinated against measles and mumps following a rise in the number of outbreaks at universities.

The number of cases has almost doubled between April and June and Public Health England says they're mainly in people aged between 15 and 34

Warning to students over measles and mumps in the East of England Credit: ITV Anglia

Mumps is a contagious viral infection most recognisable by the painful swellings in the side of the face under the ears, giving a person with mumps a distinctive "hamster face" appearance.

Mumps usually passes without causing serious illness and severe complications are rare.

Warning to students over measles and mumps in the East of England Credit: ITV Anglia

Although it is normal to see mumps outbreaks in universities every few years, we are seeing a significant number of cases - the highest quarterly figure since 2009. Coupled with the continued measles outbreaks these figures clearly demonstrate the need for sustained high vaccination rates. We're urging parents and their children, no matter how old they are, to check they've had two doses of MMR before the university term starts. Measles is easy to catch and can kill. Vaccines are there to stop the spread of disease and save lives. it's never too late to protect yourself and others."

– Dr Shylaja Thomas, PHE East of England