Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/May 18, 2018 - Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) has received a confirmed case of mumps in our area.
Mumps is a vaccine preventable disease. The most common symptoms include:
- Respiratory symptoms
- Swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides
- Muscle aches
Mumps spreads through direct contact with saliva from an infected person. Droplets can be spread through coughing or sneezing and enter the nose or mouth. Infection can also result from kissing, or by sharing food or beverages. The virus can also survive on surfaces. Touching a surface contaminated by the mumps virus and then touching your nose or mouth can cause infection.
The best way to protect yourself from mumps is the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Two doses of MMR vaccine are recommended. If you were born before 1970, you are considered to be naturally immune to mumps. People born between 1970 and 1992, have likely only received one dose and should receive a second dose of MMR vaccine.
Talk to your health care provider or call Hastings Prince Edward Public Health if you are unsure of your vaccine status or to make an appointment to receive the mumps vaccine. Our Communicable Disease Program telephone number is 613-966-5500 x349, toll-free is 1-800-267-2803 x349, TTY dial 711 (1-800-267-6511) or online at www.hpepublichealth.ca.
Bill Sherlock, Program Manager
About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) operates one of 34 health units across Ontario. HPEPH provides dozens of programs and services, along with reliable health information, to a population of approximately 150,000 people in a 7,000 square km catchment area encompassing 17 municipalities. HPEPH's mission is to enable the people in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties to achieve and maintain optimal health through health protection and promotion, as well as disease and injury prevention. For more information, please visit www.hpepublichealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.