Provisional data from Public Health England (PHE) show that there were 5,042 lab-confirmed cases of mumps in England in 2019, compared to 1,066 cases in 2018. This is the highest number of cases since 2009.
The rise in cases looks set to continue in 2020, with 546 confirmed cases in January 2020 compared to 191 during the same period in 2019.
The steep rise in cases in 2019 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. These cohorts are now old enough to attend college and university and are likely to continue fuelling outbreaks into 2020.Read More
Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups are urging all carers in the area to get their free flu vaccine this winter.
Carers who vaccinate against the virus reduce the threat towards themselves, their family and friends and those they support, who may be at an increased risk.
In high-risk groups, such as the elderly and those with disabilities, flu can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.
It is vital carers get their flu vaccine every year to protect against new strains of the virus.
It is also important that the person who is being cared for gets their flu jab, to help them stay well this winter.
Many GP surgeries in Bedfordshire and Luton have already held flu clinics, if you are a registered carer and have yet to receive your flu jab, ask at your GP surgery.Read More
Flu Vaccine for Children
Flu can be an unpleasant illness causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints and extreme tiredness often lasting for several days.
In children it can cause serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and some children may need to go to hospital for treatment.
Vaccinating your child will help protect them as well as more vulnerable family and friends by preventing the spread of flu.Read More
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