UK – Mumps at ‘decade high’ in England

The Government is warning of a Mumps ‘outbreak’ across England, after new statistics reveal that there were 5,042 lab-confirmed cases of mumps in England in 2019, compared to 1,066 cases in 2018. Gov UK says this is the highest number of cases since 2009.

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.

Many of the cases in 2019 were seen in the so-called ‘Wakefield cohorts’ – young adults born in the late nineties and early 2000s who missed out on the MMR vaccine when they were children.

Wakefield was the doctor who published research suggesting a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism, causing a scare and ultimately a decline in the uptake of the MMR vaccine…