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Internal News - 26 November 2004

Mumps vaccinations extended - 26 November UPDATE

Mumps vaccinations will continue at the University for a further two weeks to give students and staff (aged 16-24) the chance to be vaccinated against the disease if they wish.

The Primary Care Trust has extended its vaccination programme to try and increase the percentage of students and staff that have been vaccinated and bring an end to the current outbreak of mumps on campus.

Staff from the PCT will be available to provide information on mumps and vaccinations in the University’s Medical Centre from 11.00-15.00, on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next two weeks. (30 November, 2, 7 and 9 December).

No appointment is necessary.

Mumps vaccination programme - 12 November

As you may be aware, the University of Bath Medical Centre has had 23 students presenting with mumps; a figure above the average normally expected. The Health Protection Agency and the Department of Health recommend that people aged 16 to 24 who have not received the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR), or have had only one dose, should be offered MMR.

In response to this recommendation, Bath and North East Somerset Primary Care Trust (BANES PCT) and the University have now finalised arrangements to offer MMR Vaccinations to all students and staff aged 16 to 24. The vaccination programme will run in the Sports Café at the Sports Training Village from 15 to 26 November.

Linked to this message is information on mumps and vaccination against mumps prepared by BANES PCT. Please read this to help you decide whether you want to receive the MMR Vaccination. If you still have any questions or concerns, you will be able to discuss them with BANES PCT staff running the vaccination programme prior to deciding whether to go ahead. Staff and students aged 25 and over are advised to approach their own General Practitioner (GP) for further information and advice.

In order to reduce the time spent queuing for your vaccination, staff and students aged 16 to 24 are asked to come to the Sports Training Village reception area for the sessions indicated below. On arrival, you will be given a consent form to complete, and a second form that you will be required to return to your GP, once you have had the vaccination. You should bring with you a pen, your staff identity or student library card, the name of your GP and surgery, and National Health Service Number, if you have one. If you are not registered with a GP, there will be forms available for you to register with the University Medical Centre. The vaccination will be delivered by injection into your shoulder, so please wear clothing that will allow easy access to your shoulder.

The suggested session times are based on your date of birth. If you cannot make the suggested times, please attend one of the open sessions.

15 November 10.00-14.00 Born in January
15 November 15.00-18.00 Born in February
16 November 10.00-14.00 Born in March
16 November 15.00-18.00 Born in April
17 November 10.00-14.00 Born in May
17 November 15.00-18.00 Born in June
18 November 10.00-14.00 Born in July
18 November 15.00-18.00 Born in August
19 November 10.00-14.00 Born in September
19 November 15.00-18.00 Born in October
22 November 10.00-14.00 Born in November
22 November 15.00-18.00 Born in December
23 November 10.00-14.00 Open session
23 November 15.00-18.00 Open session
24 November 10.00-14.00 Open session
24 November 15.00-18.00 Open session
25 November 10.00-14.00 Open session
25 November 15.00-18.00 Open session
26 November 10.00-14.00 Open session
26 November 15.00-18.00 Open session

If you have any questions about the vaccination programme, please take them up directly with the BANES PCT staff that will be available in the STV reception area at the above times.