Protecting your child against mumps and measles

May 2019. Devon County Council has asked us to share a letter of notice. Public Health is seeing an increase in the number of cases of mumps across Devon.

Mumps is a virus spread in the same way as colds and flu. Mumps is most known for painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears, giving a person with mumps a distinctive “hamster face” appearance. Other symptoms include a high temperature with joint pain and loss of appetite. Swellings are not always present – mumps can sometimes have the same symptoms as other viruses such as glandular fever.

It is important that you contact your GP if you think your child may have mumps so that a diagnosis can be made and advice given.

Please click on the download button to read the letter of advise from Devon County Council.