Vancouver Coastal Health is warning that cases of mumps are worsening in the region.
41 are now being reported, not just in Whistler where we’ve recently seen cases go up, but also in Squamish, Vancouver and North Vancouver.
Dr. Althea Hayden says typically Mumps starts to spread when someone who’s been travelling to be in contact with others.
“Unfortunately when we have folks who are not fully protected by immunization, then there’s opportunities for mumps to spread.”
“It’s spread by droplets so people can get mumps by kissing, sharing drinks being coughed on by someone with mumps.”
Hayden says people born after January first 1970 should have two vaccine doses to be safe, and says if you’re not sure you’ve had that second booster shot to get one.