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U.K. officials warn of mumps resurgence
Government advisers in Britain warn teens not vaccinated against mumps as children will be at risk for the disease when they go to college.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization said doctors have already reported clusters of mumps in teens whose parents opted not to have them vaccinated in the late 1990s or the 2000s the Daily Telegraph reported.
To date, the joint committee said the cases of mumps were mainly limited to unimmunized or partially immunized individuals, but there are also estimates that immunity wanes even in those vaccinated after 10 to 15 years.
The joint committee said as early as this fall, the resurgence of mumps might appear on college campuses in the United Kingdom.
Mumps, a highly contagious disease caused by a virus, spreads easily through coughing and sneezing.
The MMR — measles, mumps and rubella — vaccine protects children by preparing their bodies to fight the mumps virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said almost all children — 9-out-of-10 who get two doses of the MMR vaccine — would be protected from mumps.
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