Hawke's Bay Health Officers are urging parents to review their children's immunization status after the three mumps cases recently confirmed at Hastings.
One child was a pupil of Hastings Boys High School and two other adults. Public health continues to monitor on several occasions and has advised healthcare professionals to be involved in the mumps declaration.
Hawke's Bay District Health Board's Doctor of Health, Dr. Rachel Eyre, thanked Hastings's High School for Working Quickly with Health Care Officers to ensure that important health records were received by all parents / caregivers and wider school communities.
"The pig is highly infected with viral infection, spread respiration, sneezing and cough and can spread rapidly to those who are not immune, especially in schools," said Eyre.
Dr. Eyre said that this outbreak was a timely reminder for parents and nurses to check that their children were up to date with immunization.
"It is vital that the parents check that the child's immunizations are up to date and that the child develops fever or causes swelling around the limbs around the cheek or chin, stay home and call your doctor for the first time, or Heathline 0800 611 116."
Dr Eyre said that important people suspected of mumps remained absent from school, work or community gatherings to five days after swelling had developed or until well, whichever was earlier.
"If you were born after 1981, and you've never been mumps or mumps / MMR immunization, you need to see your family doctor," said Dr. Eyre, adding that two doses of immunotherapy were required.
"The sooner you get free immunization, the more likely it will protect you." Uncontrolled young people and adults are at greatest risk and are more likely to experience severe mumps and complications
For more information, visit http://www.immune.org.nz/diseases/mumps