Mumps Cases Jump 700 Percent in Northern Ireland

Mumps Cases Jump 700 Percent in Northern Ireland

Story Highlights

  • A 700 percent increase in incidence of mumps has been reported in Northern Ireland, reflecting a similar surge in cases in other developed nation.
  • Most cases have occurred in fully vaccinated young adults, for whom the potential complications of mumps are more serious than they are in children.
  • The increase in cases has been attributed to waning effectiveness of the vaccine portion of the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine over time.

The incidence of mumps has increased by 700 per cent in Northern Ireland, from 67 cases in 2018 to 534 in 2019, a change attributed in part to waning effectiveness of the mumps portion of the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine. There have already been 79 cases reported in 2020.1

According to Dr. Jillian Johnston of the Public Health Agency in Belfast,2 most of the cases occurred in young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who had had two doses of the MMR vaccine. This type of spike in mumps cases has followed a trend, with the number of cases tending to rise and fall over the course of a few years. “We know that the mumps component of the vaccine decreases and becomes less effective over time, so every two or three years the number of people who are susceptible to getting mumps increases and that’s what’s happening,” said Dr. Johnston.”3

Similar surges were also reported for 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2016.4 Outbreaks in England, Scotland and Wales have been similarly elevated in 2019 compared with 2018. College and university students have been most affected by the uptick in mumps outbreaks, with England reporting 5,042 cases in 2019, four times the 2018 statistic and the highest level seen in a decade.5 An increased incidence also has been seen in the U.S., with 2,251 cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the year 2018.6

Waning Effectiveness of the Mumps Vaccine Component

Waning effectiveness of the mumps vaccine itself has been recognized as the primary driving force behind the resurgence of mumps cases in developed countries.7

In a study designed to evaluate whether the surge was attributable to a change in the circulating strain of mumps or to a diminishing effectiveness of the vaccine over time, researchers concluded that the increase did not reflect a change in viral type but was consistent with waning vaccine acquired artificial immunity to mumps. “Outbreaks from 2006 to the present among young adults, and outbreaks in the late 1980s and early 1990s among adolescents, aligned with peaks in mumps susceptibility of these age groups predicted to be due to loss of vaccine-derived protection. In contrast, evolution of mumps virus strains escaping immune pressure would be expected to cause a higher proportion of cases among children, not adolescents and young adults, as observed.”8

Mumps Complications More Serious in Adults

The increased susceptibility of young adults to mumps infection is of concern because of the increased likelihood of serious complications in that population compared to children, who made up the majority of cases in the pre-vaccination era.

Mumps is a highly contagious viral infection typically associated with headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. “Parotitis,” or swelling of the parotid gland on one or both sides of the neck right under the ears, is the most widely recognized feature of mumps, giving patients the “hamster face” associated with the disease. Many people with mumps exhibit no symptoms at all and as many as half may only show signs of a mild, nonspecific illness.9

Some possible consequences of mumps infection may affect both children and adults, but there are more frequent serious complications among adults. Inflammation of the testicles (orchitis) in post-pubertal males, for example, may lead to testicular atrophy and, rarely infertility.10 Inflammation of the ovaries (oophoritis) and/or breast tissue (mastitis) also may occur. Neither testicular nor ovarian inflammation is thought to cause infertility in most cases.11

Other possible complications of mumps include inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), the brain (encephalitis) or the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), and deafness.

The vaccine against mumps is only available as part of the combination live virus MMR or MMRV vaccines. Although some health authorities are recommending a third booster dose of the mumps portion of the combination vaccine to counteract waning effectiveness over time, there is no option for only supplementing the mumps segment of the vaccine. In order to boost vaccine-acquired artificial immunity to mumps, one must accept exposure to a third dose of both the measles and the rubella vaccines as well.


References:

1 Mumps: Northern Ireland Cases 700% Rise Down To Vaccine Cycle. BBC News Feb. 19, 2020.
2 Annual Immunisation and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Report for Northern Ireland, 2016-17 (PDF).
3 See Footnote 1.
4 See Footnote 2.
5 England Sees Mumps Cases Soar To Highest Number In A Decade. The Irish Examiner Feb. 14, 2020.
6 National Vaccine Information Center. What Is The History Of Mumps In America And Other Countries? 2020.
7 Lewnard JA, Grad YH. Vaccine Waning And Mumps Re-Emergence In The United States. Science Translational Medicine Mar. 21, 2018.
8 Ibid.
9 NVIC. What Is Mumps? 2020.
10 Mumps. CDC Apr. 15, 2019.
11 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Complications of Mumps. Mar. 15, 2019.

13 Responses to "Mumps Cases Jump 700 Percent in Northern Ireland"

  1. Redpill   March 12, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Waning Effectiveness of the Mumps Vaccine Component:

    The article doesn’t mention the lawsuit against Merck by 2 of it’s scientist who say the Mumps portion of the MMR was spiked with animal blood to achieve appropriate effectiveness who have sued Merck for fraud.

    https://vaccineimpact.com/2014/judge-lawsuit-against-mercks-mmr-vaccine-fraud-to-continue/

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  2. Lawrence Greenberg   March 12, 2020 at 11:55 am

    “Mumps Complications More Serious in Adults”

    Which is exactly why all children should be allowed to catch mumps and develop their natural immunity. When I was a kid (I am 66), ALL children were expected to go through the ‘rite of passage’ of measles, mumps, and chicken pox so as to develop their natural immunity and not have to worry about catching these illnesses as an adult, which could cause problems. No one I know or ever heard about suffered any complications from having these illnesses, which is a lot more than we can say for those given toxic vaccines which, as this article makes very clear, do not even work.

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    • Steve Scrutton   March 20, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      You are so very right. Problem with this strategy, though, is that there is no profit in it for the pharmaceutical industry. And it counters their implicit belief, that health comes from a packet of drugs, rather than our immune system.

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  3. Michael   March 12, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    What is seriously missing from this article affecting credibility is the stats for the unvaccinated population same age range.

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    • Marry   March 13, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      @Michael. You can read the following :”Most cases have occurred in fully vaccinated young adults”

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  4. Lynn M Hicks   March 12, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Any chance the vaccines are giving people measles?

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    • Redpill   March 14, 2020 at 9:03 am

      “Any chance the vaccines are giving people measles?”

      Yes. Stanley Plotkin published a paper:
      The Journal of Infectious Diseases
      “Is There a Correlate of Protection for Measles Vaccine”

      ” However, the vaccine gives an attenuated infection, and it is not the case that antibody levels remain permanently elevated in vaccinees. The current situation is responsible for reevaluation of the long-term efficacy of measles vaccine.”

      This is the first time one of the so called greatest vaccine developer of the century admits in writing that a vaccine gives an ATTENUATED INFECTION or any type of infection. Attenuated is suppose to minimize the fact that the person being vaccinated is contagious because that’s a process that can’t be really controlled. I equate it to the controlled burn in California last October that got out of control. It was just a little fire and than nature stepped in with the winds.

      If you haven’t read it already a great read is “Fear Of the Invisible” by Janine Roberts. She spent about a decade attending vaccine meetings and researching government documents on vaccines. Merck arranged for her to interview Dr. Maurice Hilleman, From the book:

      “I wondered why so many side effects, so went to the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine to see if they had any explanation. They arranged for me to speak on the phone with their top expert in the US, Dr Maurice Hilleman, the internationally renowned specialist who developed the MMR vaccine.

      I said to him ‘I understand this vaccine is made up of living viruses that you have so weakened so they will not make the child ill, but not so weakened that they will not give the child immunity. It must be difficult to so exactly weaken viruses?’

      ‘Exactly, you have hit the nail on the head.’ he replied.

      I then queried, ‘Do you have any guidelines for doing this?’

      ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘Twenty percent.’

      I did not understand this very brief answer so asked him to explain.

      He replied: ‘If only 20% of the children fall ill from the vaccine, that is judged acceptable.’

      When I gasped with surprise, he quickly added, ‘Oh I don’t mean seriously ill. Just lightly ill.’

      Hilleman admits 20% of the children vaccinated will become infected, that makes them contagious.

      Roberts interviewed another specialist:

      I next interviewed the top British expert on immunisation at London University, Professor Michael Stewart of the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I asked him; ‘Some parents are telling me they suspect their children have been made ill as a consequence of vaccination. Are their fears groundless?’

      I nearly fell off my chair when he replied: ‘What else would you expect? We all know the current childhood vaccines containing living viruses are dangerous. That is why I am heading up a team to develop safer vaccines.’ He went on to explain that, with living viruses, there was always potential for some to mutate or to be insufficiently attenuated for safe use in the vaccine.

      There you have it!

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  5. Tony Marzio   March 12, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    I read this in the side-bar as well as in the main article…

    “The increase in cases has been attributed to waning effectiveness of the vaccine portion of the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine over time.”

    Are you condoning vaccines? Am I supporting the evil oppression, medical side here? If so, stop it! We KNOW vaccines never did any good except spread disease and help others who are vaccinated to ALSO shed it to others…

    You should be careful about what lies are written in articles you print. Vaccines were created to inflame and many vaccines destroy immune systems. They are dangerous not only due to having dirty, poisonous ingredients in them.

    A comment from you in response would be good, thank you.

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  6. Alina   March 13, 2020 at 2:26 am

    I would appreciate receiving the full information as to the excipients of the MMR – e.g. mercury or aluminum contents. Also, is it not prepared with aborted fetal tissue? Please fully inform the readers.

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    • Redpill   March 17, 2020 at 7:35 am

      Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine, Live
      Merck and Co., Inc. Oct. 2015

      GROWTH MEDIUMS & PROCESS INGREDIENTS
      chick embryo cell culture, WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts, Medium 199 (containing vitamins, amino acids, fetal bovine serum, SPGA (sucrose, phosphate, glutamate, recombinant human albumin), neomycin, Minimum Essential Medium (containing vitamins, amino acids, fetal bovine serum, recombinant human albumin, neomycin), sorbitol, hydrolyzed gelatin stabilizer

      VACCINE INGREDIENTS
      sorbitol, sodium phosphate, sucrose, sodium chloride, hydrolyzed gelatin, recombinant human albumin, fetal bovine serum, other buffer and media ingredients, neomycin

      WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts, recombinant human albumin all have human DNA in them without the protein coating which makes them more reactive according to sources I’ve read. As far as thimerosal or aluminum, the CDC states they have been removed from the MMR but the vaccine is processed with thimerosal to remove contaminants. Thus this is why people call the amount trace. Contamination is something the vaccine makers know they can’t control. To get a better understanding of this problem read: “Fear of the Invisible” by Janine Roberts who recounts discussions of top scientist in a vaccine meeting concerns about the contamination and what problems it could cause.

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  7. Marry   March 13, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    @Michael. You can read the following :”Most cases have occurred in fully vaccinated young adults”

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  8. B.   March 13, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Can you please make your articles available in print format? Thank you so much for all the work you do!!!

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  9. Mary   May 18, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    I sincerely wish our medical system was a health care system and not a sick care system, especially when the sick itself is frequently caused by health care recommendations, drugs & procedures.

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