(16 Posts)
housetips Thu 20-Feb-20 20:58:04

Daughter is at university and there's been a mumps outbreak. A boy in her flat has it and is staying at uni and not going home. She is going to get a booster immunisation tomorrow at the medical centre. Then is coming home for the weekend. Will she be immediately covered. I have read it has a 14 - 25 day incubation period so she could already be infected. Is there a chance she could pass it on to us and our other children at home?

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TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Thu 20-Feb-20 21:05:38

Has no one in the house had their MMR jabs?

lljkk Thu 20-Feb-20 21:10:19

Who in your household has never been jabbed for mumps?

housetips Thu 20-Feb-20 21:11:04

The adult children have had their jabs, although two have only had their first one not the booster. I guess we the parents didn't as it wasn't available when we were young, no idea if either of us had it either.

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bellinisurge Thu 20-Feb-20 21:11:40

Haven't you all had MMR?

moobar Thu 20-Feb-20 21:12:49

Theres been a huge outbreak here in teen and 20s males. I said the same re jag. Apparently it's a strain that was not covered. All cases were vaccinated as babies.

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Thu 20-Feb-20 21:14:19

I'd call the NHS helpline for advice but suggest that your DD stay at uni for the weekend.
I'd be surprised if your GP doesn't suggest bringing forward the 2nd jabs for the small ones and no idea about the adults

I had mumps as a child pre mmr. Don't recommend it. It was a bloody miserable few weeks.


madrose Thu 20-Feb-20 21:16:12

People can develop mumps even if they've had the MMR, but tend to get a less severe version. The school I work in have had an outbreak recently and all the children were vaccinated.

Herd immunity has been reduced, so it's possible the virus has mutated and the vaccine won't help as it's now a different shaped pathogen. The booster is a good idea. But society is now paying for the reduced uptake in the late 90s and the early 00s

Hope your daughter and your family are ok.

Beach11 Thu 20-Feb-20 21:17:08

I had the MMR as a child & still caught mumps at uni (over 10 years ago). It wasn’t pleasant but could have been much worse

lljkk Thu 20-Feb-20 21:20:12

I think assumption is that people born before 1980 in Britain were exposed to wild mumps so likely to still have immunity.

Encyclo Thu 20-Feb-20 21:24:22

My son got mumps at Uni just before Christmas.
He'd had the MMR and the booster as a child. He was over it in about 5 days, but he was very sick with it.

I couldn't believe he got it, perhaps the vaccines effectiveness wears off over time?

housetips Thu 20-Feb-20 21:32:56

Sorry I wasn't clear we don't have any small children all are adults now. That's interesting the suggestion that's it's now a different strain. I read that the MMR (mumps part is only 85% effective). Hence my concern that they could still get it, or us as we may not have had it. Problem is my daughter wants to get away from university because she wants to avoid getting it which is understandable as she shares a kitchen and bathroom with this boy. It's annoying that he doesn't stay away to be honest to avoid infecting others. Also, it's a family birthday weekend which has been planned for a while. Maybe I should phone NHS helpline.

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Awkward1 Thu 20-Feb-20 21:32:57

One dose of MMR vaccine is 93% effective against measles, 78% effective against mumps, and 97% effective against rubella.

Two doses of MMR vaccine are 97% effective against measles and 88% effective against mumps.

If you have adult boys with 1 dose of mmr only i would try to book them in for a second dose as it can be painful i think and cause infertility

notangelinajolie Thu 20-Feb-20 21:34:09

You can have MMR vaccine at any age. Speak to your GP and arrange for the whole family to have it - adults included.

I was born before MMR vaccines and I remember having Mumps when I was about 6. It's one of my first memories - I remember waking up one morning and going into my mum and dads bedroom and telling them my face felt big. It sticks in my mind because I was really poorly.

JoshLinda Fri 21-Feb-20 01:09:43

Herd immunity has been reduced, so it's possible the virus has mutated

What has one got to do with the other?

Torvean Fri 21-Feb-20 01:49:52

I got mumps as an adult as I was too old for the MMR vaccination. No idea how I got it , as nobody I knew had it.

My face only swoll up on one side to, so I looked like a total freak. I had to go to the hospital to be diagnosed as the GP wouldn't diagnose. Then I had a call from public health as I was currently the only one in the town I lived in with mumps.

I can still recall the pain in the morning trying to open my mouth just enough to fit a paracetamol in.

I think public health advised everyone using their own bath towel. Plus if any had a cough the hanky had to be disposed of in a double bag.

Hope nobody in your family gets one.

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