The Government has informed of a mumps outbreak across England, following the already confirmed five hundred and forty-six cases in January this year, opposed to the one hundred and ninety-one cases in the previous year. Furthermore, the government has proclaimed that 2019 had the highest cases of mumps since 2009 and claims that the epidemic spread was caused by schools, colleges and universities.
Most cases of mumps last year were associated with young adults who had skipped the MMR vaccine when they were younger. Considering this, the most effective protection against mumps is two doses of the MMR vaccine.
“The UK Government has informed of a mumps outbreak across England, following the already confirmed five hundred and forty-six cases in January this year.“
Consultant Epidemiologist at Public Health England, Dr Vanessa Saliba, stated: “The best protection against mumps and its complications is to have two doses of the MMR vaccine. It’s never too late to catch up. We encourage all students and young people who may have missed out on their MMR vaccine in the past to contact their GP practice and get up to date as soon as possible.”
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, stated: The rise in mumps cases is alarming and yet another example of the long-term damage caused by anti-vax information. Science proves that vaccines are the best form of defence against a host of potentially deadly diseases and are safer and more effective than ever before. Those who claim otherwise are risking people’s lives. Our vaccine strategy will soon be published outlining how we will increase uptake, limit the spread of vaccine misinformation and ensure every child receives 2 doses of their MMR vaccination. Anyone who is unsure whether they are fully covered should contact their GP.”