MMR vaccination for 3rd level students (academic year 2007-2008)
If you are a student starting college and are under 25 years of age you could be at risk of getting mumps during the next academic year. Many Irish universities and colleges had major mumps outbreaks in 2004 and 2005. Despite a marked decline in recent years cases continue to occur, particularly among non-vaccinated individuals.
Since 2004 teenagers and young adults have been most affected by mumps. Most individuals affected by mumps either never received, or received just one dose of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. Two doses are needed to provide maximum protection.
MMR vaccination is now routinely recommended for all third level students aged 17-24 years of age who have not received two doses of MMR. Both the vaccine and the visit to the GP is free to students who need it. The cost of the programme is being supported by the HSE. Speak with your GP or the Student Health services at your college or university.