There’s nothing worse than being ill at uni, you’ve probably only just gotten over freshers flu and are struggling to cope without nurse mum but spare a thought for some of the poor students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) where there has been an outbreak of mumps.
Students at the university are being urged to get vaccinated after the number of suspected cases there rose to 27 whilst the number of confirmed cases stands at seven at the Preston-based uni.
UCLAN said that students were at a higher risk because they were too old to have had the two MMR vaccinations that are required for the full protection and are urging students there to get in touch with their GP.
Symptoms of Mumps include a swollen saliva gland, headache, fever, muscle pain and loss of appetite and the infection can be spread by coughing and sneezing.
A spokesperson for the university spoke with the BBC: “To date we have seven confirmed cases of students who have been diagnosed with mumps – this is from the 27 suspected cases which have been reported.
“All students are recovering well without serious complications.
“The most effective thing people can do to protect themselves is to ensure that they are fully vaccinated.”
There was also an outbreak of mumps last May where 47 students were affected.
If you think you have mumps contact your personal GP or make an appointment with the university doctor as soon as possible in order to get treatment.