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Booster vital to fight off mumps

Published 15/09/2015 | 02:30

Vacination for mumps
Vacination for mumps

Cases of mumps have been on the rise in the past year, mainly affecting teenagers and young people attending college.

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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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