Hawke's Bay Health Officers urge parents to check the immune status of their children after three cases of mumps that were recently confirmed in Hastings.
One child was a student at Hastings Boys High School and the other two were adults. Public health continues with a number of contacts and recommends health professionals to be in a state of mumps warning.
Hawke Health Board with Bay Health Health Board, dr. Rachel Eyre, has commended Hastings Boys College for fast work with health officials to ensure an important health council has been given to all parents / carers and wider school communities.
"Mumps is a highly infectious viral infection, spreading through breathing, sneezing and coughing and can spread rapidly among those who are not immune, especially in schools," Dr. Eyre.
Dr. Eyre said that this outbreak was a timely reminder to parents and carers to check if their children were in good health with the vaccination.
"It is important for parents to check whether their child's immunization is up to date and realize that if your child develops a fever or swollen glands around his cheeks or jaws, stay home and call his doctor first, or Heathline on 0800 611 116. "
Dr. Eyre said that it is important for people with mumps suspicion to stay away from school, work or social gatherings up to five days after swelling, or until it was well, whichever comes first.
"If you were born after 1981 and have never had immunization of mumps or mumps, you must see your family doctor," Dr. Eyre added that two documented doses are needed to prove immunity.
"The sooner the free immunization is provided, the more likely it will be to protect you." Non-vaccinated adolescents and adults are most at risk, and more severely have mumps and mumps complications
For more information, visit http://www.immune.org.nz/diseases/mumps