Students told to get jabs

HEALTH experts are urging teenagers and young adults to protect themselves against vaccine preventable infections.

The Health Protection Agency in the North-East is reminding students going to university of the importance of vaccinations and how to spot the early signs of mumps and measles.

Julia Waller, immunisation leader for the agency in the North-East, said: “We have seen a sharp rise in mumps and measles cases over recent years and teenagers and young adults who have not had two doses of MMR vaccine are particularly vulnerable.

“This is why we’re stressing the importance of vaccinations and encouraging students to check with their parents or family doctor that they’ve had both doses of the jab and are fully immunised.”

Mumps is a viral illness transmitted by direct contact with saliva or droplets from the saliva of an infected person.

It can be a serious disease and some people may suffer complications such as inflammation of the pancreas.

Measles is a potentially very serious illness which can be fatal on rare occasions.

Anyone who is concerned should contact their GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647.