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Mumps in the United Kingdom (England)

15 Mar 2012

An outbreak of mumps has been reported from Canterbury campus, University of Kent in England. The Health Protection Agency has confirmed that the outbreak began two weeks ago with around 35 suspected cases among university students.

MMR vaccination is being recommeded for those who may not be fully immunised against mumps.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.