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Students urged to get jab to protect against mumps

The University of Central Lancashire in Preston city centre

The University of Central Lancashire in Preston city centre

Health chiefs are urging teenagers and young adults at a risk of mumps in schools, colleges and universities to protect themselves with two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Following an outbreak of mumps last year at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, health protection bosses are hoping to avoid similar outbreaks.

Dr John Astbury, a consultant with the Cumbria and Lancashire Health Protection Agency, said: “Mumps is highly infectious and spreads easily when it is introduced to universities, further education colleges and schools where a percentage of the students are unvaccinated, as we have seen in recent years. The most effective thing people can do to protect themselves is ensure they are fully vaccinated.”

 

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