Health & Wellbeing

Mumps Outbreak in the Lower Mainland

The Lower Mainland is experiencing an outbreak of the mumps, seen largely in young adults. To date, 77 cases of the disease have been reported in BC, with most cases located in Whistler and Vancouver (BC Centre for Disease Control).

Mumps is preventable through two immunizations of the MMR vaccine.  Most youth and adults born between 1970 and 1995 will likely not have received a second immunization. Medical practitioners have been advised by Vancouver Coastal Health to offer the MMR vaccination whenever possible.

Possible symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough or swelling of the salivary glands. Anyone who suspects they have mumps should contact their physician by telephone, or call HealthLink BC at 811. Mumps is contagious so anyone with this infection should avoid exposing others, especially in medical waiting rooms and emergency rooms.

Vaccination Boosters for Staff and Faculty

The mumps vaccine is available for free from your doctor’s office. Contact your regular health provider for more information.

Vaccination Boosters for Students

The mumps vaccine is available for free to students from the Student Health Service. Call 604.822.7011 to book an appointment.

For more information about the recent outbreak of the mumps, please see the Risk Management Services website.

Vancouver Ergonomics Reps Needed

Want to learn about injury prevention and proper posture? Interested in helping your colleagues? Become an Ergonomics Rep and raise awareness of the importance of musculoskeletal health within your department/unit.

As an Ergo Rep you will:

  • Minimize musculoskeletal risks by optimizing workstations
  • Help set up new employee workstations
  • Assist colleagues with workstation set-up
  • Be an ergonomics resource for your department

Register now for the next Ergonomics Training Course on February 21, 2011, 1-4 pm.