By Southern District Health Board | Posted: Tuesday August 29, 2017

Dunedin is experiencing a mumps outbreak. Mumps is a viral illness that spreads easily and cannot be treated.  

The best protection against mumps is the MMR vaccine. This is usually given at 15 months and 4 years of age. Please check that your child is up to date with this and other vaccinations by contacting your GP. Vaccination is free for all children in New Zealand, regardless of immigration status.

In the event that we have a child with confirmed mumps at our school, we will work with the Public Health Nurses. Children who have been in contact with the person with mumps will have their vaccination status checked. Any child who has not had their MMR vaccinations, or who does not catch up with their MMR vaccinations immediately after exposure, will be asked to stay at home for 2 – 3 weeks.