Galway Bay press room fm – The HSE issued advice on an outbreak of bugs in the Claregalway area.
Mumps is an acute viral disease that causes fever, headache and swollen and painful salivary glands that are in front of each ear.
There has been an increase in the number of cases of parotidides in the western region, especially among those older than 15 to 29 years old.
The HSE is advising people to be updated with two doses of the MMR vaccine.
It says an additional dose of the vaccine will not do any harm and it is advisable for those who are not sure if they are updated.
It should also be noted that it may take up to 28 days before people are protected by the vaccine.
If a child develops parotidid symptoms, it is advisable for parents to go to their GP and keep their children at home in school for at least five days after the appearance of swelling in the neck.