Mumps Travel Vaccine
The mumps is a viral infection that in the past has been common in children but is now a relatively rare in the UK due to the national vaccination schedule. It causes a distinctive swelling of the face under the ears. Other symptoms include high temperature, headache, joint and muscle pains. Most people recover from the mumps within a week or so, however in a small number of cases it can develop into a more serious complications including hearing difficulties, deafness, inflammation of the ovaries in women and sterility in men. It can also lead to encephalitis which in severe cases can be fatal.
Mumps is given as part of the combined Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine and is given to most people in the UK as part of the national vaccination schedule. It is given to children routinely usually when they are around 13 months old with a booster prior to school.
The Mumps is now a relatively rare disease due to comprehensive vaccination programmes in the UK and other developed countries throughout the world. There are however outbreaks from time-to-time.
Mumps is spread through coughs and sneezes from infected people. The virus lives in the small droplets of the sneeze of those infected and people catch it by breathing in these droplets.
The Mumps Vaccine is part of the UK national vaccination schedule and should be given to all children prior to starting school. If you however need a booster or are a non-immune adult, you should always try and come and see a travel nurse at least six weeks prior to travelling.
The MMR vaccine is part of the UK national vaccination schedule and is given to babies at around 13 months as well as a booster prior to beginning school. It is not suitable however for babies under the age of 6 months. Older children and adults who have not been given this vaccination as part of the national schedule and are therefore non-immune can have a catch up course of two injections.
If you are planning on getting pregnant, you may be advised to get the MMR vaccination should you not have received on in the past. The MMR vaccination is however not suitable for women who are pregnant or who are to become pregnant a month after the vaccination.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine Facts and Figures
- Disease: Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
- Vaccine name: MMR Vax Pro
- Property: Combined live vaccine
- Administration: By injection, IM route (deltoid)
- Dose: 0.5ml pre-filled syringe
- Course: 2 doses ( > 1 month apart)
- Booster: No booster following the primary course of 2 doses
- Side effects: Local reaction, pain, redness, inflammation, flu like symptoms, GI disturbance, rash. (commonly one week following vaccination)
- Special instructions. Wait three months before giving MMR after blood transfusion or immunoglobulin administration.
- Avoid pregnancy for at least one moth after vaccination
- Contains gelatin.
- Note: We do not use or stock individual vaccinations.
- MMR is given as part of the national childhood immunisation schedule, its includes two doses. Un-immunised travellers going to areas where measles is endemic should receive the vaccine
Our London Travel Clinics
All 3 of our centrally located travel clinics are convenient for people living and working in London. Liverpool Street, London Bridge and High St Kensington. We are open early morning, lunchtime, evening and weekends and provide all of the vaccinations and medications that you need.