STUDENTS are being urged to check they have had their MMR jabs after outbreaks of mumps at UCLan in Preston and The University of Manchester.
In all, 82 student have become ill; 47 in Preston since the beginning of February, and 35 at Manchester from the start of the year.
Dr Sam Ghebrehewet, the Health Protection Agency’s leading expert in immunisation for the North-West, said: “Mumps is an ever-present risk in universities and further education colleges. It is an infectious disease. that spreads easily among young adults who missed out on the protection of two doses of MMR vaccine when they were children.