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I came down with mumps NY 4 years ago, had just turned 40 ... also in London. It's really horrible isn't it? I felt horrendous for a few days but meds kicked in very quickly. I couldn't believe it either, such an odd age to get mumps! Get well soon
SideofFoot. Do many adults getting themselves vaccinated when new vaccines are developed and they are past the target age range? Are vaccines even made available to them? I haven't had mumps, or been vaccinated against it. Occ Health at work (NHS) have never offered a vaccination for mumps to me.
I was vaccinated against mumps as a child, I was protected as a child but then caught them as an adult. The OP is perfectly reasonable to say that someone did not vaccinate their child and that is why she has mumps - in all likelihood this is what has happened. I caught mumps from children I worked with who had not been immunised.
I found drinking boiled water, cooled to a tepid temperature was bearable when my mouth was sore. Otherwise, staying propped up on pillows took the pressure off my neck, feel better soon OP.
Thank you very much BlinkandMiss. Today my face is almost back to normal and I feel great. Just have to finish the antibiotics for the ear infection and hope the chesty cough leaves soon as well. I'm feeling very positive about 2015.
It was a loooong time ago when I got the mumps aged 16 but remember it well. Only went to GP as it hurt when opening my mouth wide enough to fill it full of food and noticed I had a lump behind one ear. I did not feel ill, but GP signed me off to stay indoors for 2 weeks as I was infectious. No other family member got it though.