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Expert reaction to PHE data on mumps outbreaks across England

Posted On: 14 Feb 2020   |   Posted By: Science Media Centre

Public Health England have announced that mumps cases in the UK have reached the highest number in a decade.
Prof Helen Bedford, Professor of Child Public Health, UCL, said:
“It is of concern that we are seeing large numbers of cases of mumps. These are mainly occurring among older teens and young adults who either had no doses of MMR vaccine when they were young or only had one dose. However, we also know that the immunity from mumps vaccine can wane over time. This means you can still get mumps even if fully vaccinated; although mumps can be nasty especially in people past puberty, it is usually much milder in previously vaccinated people, so the best way to avoid mumps is to get the vaccine. If you haven't been vaccinated, it's never too late to have the MMR vaccine. Two doses are needed for best protection.”
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Prof Helen Bedford : “No conflicts of interest.”

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