Rapid communication Open Access
Like 0


Between 18 August 2018 and 24 January 2020, 3,736 mumps cases were notified in Ireland. The highest numbers of notifications were observed in the age group 15–24 years. Vaccination status was reported for 32% (n = 1,199) of cases: 72% of these had received two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Vaccination uptake after free MMR vaccination targeting colleges and universities since early 2019 was low. Therefore, a national media campaign began in January 2020.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...



  1. Government of Ireland. Infectious Diseases (Amendment) Regulations, 1988. Statutory Instrument S.I. No. 288 of 1988. Dublin: Office of the Attorney General; 1988. Available from: http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1988/en/si/0288.html
  2. Health Service Executive (HSE) Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). Mumps (Mumps virus). Dublin: HPSC; 2019. Available from: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/vaccinepreventable/mumps/casedefinition/
  3. Harling R, White JM, Ramsay ME, Macsween KF, van den Bosch C. The effectiveness of the mumps component of the MMR vaccine: a case control study. Vaccine. 2005;23(31):4070-4.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2004.10.020  PMID: 15950329 
  4. Health Service Executive (HSE) Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). Mumps in Ireland, 2017. Dublin: HPSC; 2018. Available from: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/vaccinepreventable/mumps/publications/annualreports/Mumps%20-%20Annual%20Summary%202017%20Final.pdf
  5. Health Service Executive (HSE) Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). Summary Immunisation Uptake Statistics Data up to Q2 2019. Dublin: HPSC; 2019. Available from: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/vaccinepreventable/vaccination/immunisationuptakestatistics/immunisationuptakestatisticsat12and24monthsofage/
  6. Andreae MC, Freed GL, Katz SL. Safety concerns regarding combination vaccines. Perspective of select European countries. Hum Vaccin. 2005;1(1):1-5.  https://doi.org/10.4161/hv.1.1.1422  PMID: 17038825 
  7. Health Service Executive (HSE) Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). DTaP-IPV and MMR vaccine uptake in Junior Infants, in Ireland, 2017/2018. Dublin: HPSC; 2019. Available from: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/vaccinepreventable/vaccination/immunisationuptakestatistics/immunisationuptakestatisticsforjuniorinfants/
  8. Yung CF, Andrews N, Bukasa A, Brown KE, Ramsay M. Mumps complications and effects of mumps vaccination, England and Wales, 2002-2006. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011;17(4):661-7, quiz 766.  https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1704.101461  PMID: 21470456 
  9. Sane J, Gouma S, Koopmans M, de Melker H, Swaan C, van Binnendijk R, et al. Epidemic of mumps among vaccinated persons, The Netherlands, 2009-2012. Emerg Infect Dis. 2014;20(4):643-8.  https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2004.131681  PMID: 24655811 
  10. Boxall N, Kubínyiová M, Príkazský V, Beneš C, Cástková J. An increase in the number of mumps cases in the Czech Republic, 2005-2006. Euro Surveill. 2008;13(16):18842. PMID: 18768117 
  11. Indenbaum V, Hübschen JM, Stein-Zamir C, Mendelson E, Sofer D, Hindiyeh M, et al. Ongoing mumps outbreak in Israel, January to August 2017. Euro Surveill. 2017;22(35):30605.  https://doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2017.22.35.30605  PMID: 28877843 
  12. Lewnard JA, Grad YH. Vaccine waning and mumps re-emergence in the United States. Sci Transl Med. 2018;10(433):eaao5945.  https://doi.org/10.1126/scitranslmed.aao5945  PMID: 29563321 

Data & Media loading...

Submit comment
Comment moderation successfully completed
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error