Preston Students warned of major mumps risk

Henrietta Strickland
February 15, 2020

More recently, there have already been 546 confirmed cases in January 2020 compared to 191 during the same period in 2019 - a rise which the Government says has been largely driven by outbreaks in universities and colleges.

Most of the infected were young adults who did not have the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) jab - a possible legacy of the anti-vaccination scandal of the 1990s.

In response to the confirmed cases, the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services is working with UNH to target a third dose of the MMR vaccine to a select group of students within the affected social network and will be working with UNH to reach out to those who need a third dose.

There were also increases in mumps cases in Scotland and Wales previous year.

Last year a survey revealed that one in seven five-year-olds may not be fully up to date with some routine immunisations, with the figure rising to around one in four children in London.

Experts are calling on young people to ensure they have had the MMR vaccine, following a big surge in mumps cases among what Public Health England (PHE) is calling "the Wakefield generation". It is most recognisable by the painful swelling of the glands at the side of the face.

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Although most people usually recover from mumps without treatment, in some cases it can cause complications such as inflammation of the testicles, and in rare cases, meningitis and deafness. "It's never too late to catch up", said Dr Vanessa Saliba, consultant epidemiologist at PHE. Anyone who is unsure whether they are fully covered should contact their GP.

The rise in mumps cases is alarming and yet another example of the long-term damage caused by anti-vax information.

The minister said the health department will soon publish its vaccine strategy, adding that any one who claims vaccines ineffective are risking people's lives.

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