Booster vital to fight off mumps
Cases of mumps have been on the rise in the past year, mainly affecting teenagers and young people attending college.
Most cases were in the age groups 15-19 and 20-24 but the most senior person infected was 89.
The southern and eastern regions of the country reported most cases. It is possible to get protection from mumps by giving a child the MMR vaccine (for mumps, measles and rubella).
The MMR vaccine is part of the routine childhood immunisation schedule. A child should be given one dose when they are around 12-13 months and a second booster dose before they start school.
Once both doses are given, the vaccine provides 95pc protection against mumps. However, it appears that although a large proportion of people who had mumps here in the past year had one dose of MMR, many did not have the booster shot.
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