Mumps is a contagious illness caused by a virus that lives in the mouth, throat and nose. Symptoms can include swollen cheeks and jaw, fever, headache, stiff neck and loss of appetite. These can appear 12 – 25 days after contact with an infected person. If you have any symptoms that suggest mumps, avoid public activities and call UHS' Triage Advice Nurse, (413) 577-5229.
Most young adults and children have had two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. Vaccination prevents many, but not all, cases of mumps. If you're not sure whether you've been vaccinated, contact your primary care provider.
Get more information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that everyone over the age of six months be vaccinated against flu.
To make a flu shot appointment, call (413) 577-5101. You can also be vaccinated during a scheduled visit – just ask! Costs are billed to your health insurance; bring your insurance plan's ID card with you.
Learn more about flu, ways to stay healthy, and what to do if you're sick on the CDC website.
Measles is caused by a virus that spreads easily from person to person. At first, it looks and feels like a cold or flu. A cough, high fever, runny nose, and red, watery eyes are common. A few days later, a red, blotchy rash starts on the face, then spreads to the rest of the body. It usually lasts a week or two.
Learn more with this fact sheet from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
About Enterovirus D68
Enterovirus D68 is among a large group of these type of viruses that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. In general, infants, children and teens are more likely to get infected.
Simple tips for staying healthier include:
• Washing hands often with soap and water.
• Covering coughs and sneezes.
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home when you're sick.
For more information, download the Massachusetts Department of Public Health fact sheet.