Officials move to curb mumps outbreaks

Justin Dickie
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Grade 12, post-secondary students to be vaccinated

The Nova Scotia government is looking to finally curb the mumps outbreak.

Minister of Health Promotion and Protection Barry Barnet announced his department, the province's post-secondary institutions and high schools have come together to develop a program that will see all Grade 12 and post-secondary students offered a second dose of the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

The Nova Scotia government is looking to finally curb the mumps outbreak.

Minister of Health Promotion and Protection Barry Barnet announced his department, the province's post-secondary institutions and high schools have come together to develop a program that will see all Grade 12 and post-secondary students offered a second dose of the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

"This vaccination program provides the best possible safeguard for these students," Barnet said in a release, adding it will also cover Nova Scotians studying outside the province.

Locally, Jackie Beal from Public Health said nurses will go into high schools sometime after the new year to start vaccinating Grade 12s.

Beal said everyone born after 1991 should already have two doses of the vaccine, but people born before 1970 probably only have one. The next step after this program is complete could be to find a way to get the latter group their shots.

"Right now we're looking after the post-secondary and Grade 12 students," Beal said. "This is the first and only year we'll be delivering the program in the schools."

Seventy per cent of the mumps cases during the outbreak have occurred in people between the ages of 17 and 30.



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Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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