Measles, Mumps & Rubella
Measles and mumps are highly infectious, a cough or a sneeze can
spread the virus over a wide area. It particularly spreads among the
student population because of greater social mixing and living in
Measles, Mumps and Rubella are diseases with serious complications:
• Measles can cause a range of symptoms from ear
infections and bronchitis to convulsions (fits) or brain damage and
can even be fatal.
Symptoms of Measles
• Mumps used to be
the main cause of viral meningitis in children. It can also cause
temporary deafness, miscarriage, inflammation of the pancreas and
pain and swelling in the testicles.
Symptoms of Mumps
• Rubella (German
Measles) can cause swelling and fever and can be passed onto unborn
children resulting in serious birth defects.
Symptoms of Rubella
When to seek medical help?
If you believe you have contracted measles or mumps, the best advice
is to see your doctor. It is best not to
mix with others until recovered.
Emergencies and out of hours
If you need medical advice outside of surgery opening hours please
ring NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit
Measles, Mumps, Rubella and the MMR
MMR is the common name for the Mumps, Measles and Rubella
vaccination, you are strongly advised to
the MMR vaccination. This is
especially important if you are going to be living in close contact
with lots of other students in University-owned accommodation.
If, for any reason, it is not possible for you to have the
vaccination before you arrive at University, you should inform your
new local doctor when you register with them.
You need two doses of MMR to be protected against mumps. MMR was
introduced in 1988, with a second dose being introduced in 1996.
Some teenagers and young people have not had two doses of MMR. This
has led to several outbreaks of mumps in young people in recent
If you have never had the MMR vaccine, you should have one dose now
and another after one month. For those of you who are not sure if
you have had your second dose – having more than two will not do any
harm - so it is better to have it than not.
Contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit nhsdirect.nhs.uk to find
out where you can get vaccinated
Contact your doctor or inform them when you register
Contact your local NHS walk-in centre
Where can I get more information?
The NHS Choices website: