Mumps outbreak are you and your family protected? New Zealand is currently experiencing a mumps outbreak and so it’s a good time to check that you and your family are up to date with immunisations. In the last 12 months there have been more than 300 cases of mumps reported in New Zealand. Most of these have been in the Auckland region. “Intermediate and secondary school age children, as well as young adults in their twenties have been the most aﬀ ected by this outbreak,” says Dr Neil de Wet, Medical Oﬃ cer of Health. Mumps is a viral infection that usually aﬀ ects the saliva glands. Symptoms include fever, headache and swelling over the cheek or jaw area on one or both sides of the face. It is spread from person to person by coughing and sneezing and symptoms appear 2 to 3 weeks after coming into contact with someone with mumps. “It is typically a mild illness that gets better after about a week but it can cause more unpleasant symptoms such as swelling of the testes. On rare occasions there can be serious complications such as damage to hearing or inﬂ ammation of the brain,” says Dr Neil de Wet. The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is a routine childhood immunisation given at 15 months and again at 4 years Make sure you and your family have been immunised to help prevent illness from measles, mumps and rubella. of age. This is more than 95% eﬀ ective in preventing measles and rubella, and is about 85% eﬀ ective in preventing mumps. The MMR vaccine is the best protection against these diseases. It is recommended and free for anyone born after 1 January 1969 who has missed having it or who needs to catch up on the second dose. If you’re not sure if you or your family has had their MMR vaccinations, please contact your family doctor to check. For more information about mumps, please visit the Ministry of Health website - www.health.govt.nz and search for mumps. FREE CERVICAL SCREENING CLINICS COMING UP: WHAKATĀNE Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance 5 Louvain Street, Whakatāne Telephone 07 306 2341 to make an appointment Māori Health Service, Whakatāne Hospital. EBPHA Screening Support Advocate Kathleen Taipeti is reminding women it’s time to screen. Ladies it’s time to screen Forget spring cleaning, September Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance smear or are well overdue, and take the test is Cervical Screening Awareness Support to Screening Service also provides will receive a pamper pack. free Cervical Screening and support both Month. Are you up to date? Latest Ministry of Health statistics show Having a regular cervical smear test once every three years continues to be the best protection against the development of invasive cervical cancer. Regular smear tests can reduce a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer by 90%. In the Eastern Bay, cervical smears are free for women who are enrolled with a General Practice. You can ﬁ nd out when your next smear is due by calling your doctor’s practice or ring 0800 729 729. within the clinic and in some cases at home. The service is for women aged 30 years plus who have never had a cervical smear or have not had one in the last ﬁ ve years or more. Māori, Paciﬁ c and Asian women aged 20-69 years can receive support and cervical smears through the service as well. To mark Cervical Screening Awareness Month, Support to Screening is running a competition. Women who seek support for screening this month will go into a draw to win a $50 café voucher. And women aged 30 years plus who have either never had a the Bay of Plenty District Health Board is on target with 80-percent of women aged 25-69 having cervical screening. However a breakdown of the ﬁ gures shows 69-percent of Māori women are having their three yearly cervical smear. For more information about the Support to Screening Service, or clinics in the EBOP please call the Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance on 07 306 2341, or visit 5 Louvain Street, Whakatāne, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Drop In Clinic Mondays: 9am to 1.30pm on 25 September, 30 October, 27 November and 11 December. KAWERAU Tu Wheretoa Ki Kawerau, Ranfurly Court. Drop In Clinic Fridays: 9am - 12.30pm on 1 September, 6 October, 3 November and 1 December. OPOTIKI (Old) Gentlemans Club, King Street Drop In Clinic Mondays: 9am to 12.30pm on 2 October, 6 November and 4 December. MATATA Matata Community Resource Centre. Drop In Clinic Fridays: 9am to 12.30pm on 29 September, 27 October, 24 November.