November 19, 2004

Mumps…

So, after the rising number of cases of mumps around the country, helpful suggestions from my mother and the fact a friend of a friend has mumps, I decided to get myself registered at a Leamington doctors and have the free injection.

The nurse told me theres 160 cases of it at Warwick, and that the uni is setting up a programme for vaccination. It seems rather slow off the mark though since a lot of other universities around the UK have been vacinating for a while now.

In any case, I've had it now – apparently i may get a fever or rash within the next twelve days… nice…

bq. Published: 02 November 2004
Mumps hits university campuses
Universities are setting up mass vaccination programmes and writing to students advising them to have the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab as an epidemic of mumps threatens to sweep campuses across the country. Almost 3,000 students and young people could be infected with mumps by the end of the year if trends continue. This compares with only ten in 1996. Oxford, Manchester, Leeds, Kent, Nottingham and Birmingham are among those following the advice of local public health agencies in taking steps to protect students.
Daily Telegraph

Link to Guardian Article


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  1. Blimey, 160 cases. That sounds like a lot to me.

    I'm still registered at the health centre on campus from when I was a 1st year, 8 years ago. Should really look into that :)

    19 Nov 2004, 13:20

  2. It sounded like a lot to me too. It certainly made me wonder why the University hasn't been raising awareness about it – least I haven't seen anything about it..

    The health centre was sooo much more convenient… :)

    19 Nov 2004, 13:25

  3. Steve Rumsby

    I'm still registered at the health centre on campus from when I was a 1st year, 8 years ago.

    Have you been recently? If not, I would check that they still know about you.

    I did the same thing. Registered when I was a student and didn't change when I graduated but stayed here. I don't go to the doctor's very often, so it was a number of years after that before I walked through the doors again. They couldn't find my records. They registered me temporarily because I needed to see somebody, and in the meantime they continued hunting for my records. Eventually they discovered that they had been sent back to some central record store, to be redirected to my doctor when I registered elsewhere. Because I never did, because I thought I was still registered at the Health Centre, they stayed there. After a while, they decided I must have gone away (emigrated, died, whatever) and they destroyed them. At least, that's the story I was given.

    As far as I know, there was nothing very important in the records that were lost. I have had no major illnesses, and I'm not allergic to anything, so this isn't the disaster it could have been.

    Should really look into that :)

    I would. Before they decide that you no longer exist, too…

    19 Nov 2004, 14:20


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