Immunisation and vaccine-preventable diseases quarterly updates October to December 2019 (Quarter 4)

Publication Date: 17 March 2020

​​​Health Protection Scotland provides quarterly information on the following immunisations and vaccine-preventable diseases under surveillance in Scotland: 

Main points:

  • The number of reported cases of vaccine-preventable diseases in Scotland generally remains low and stable.
  • Cases of measles in Scotland are low, however increased measles activity in Europe and globally poses a threat to international travellers and Scotland will continue to face an elevated risk of imported cases from other counties and other regions of the UK.
  • An increase in mumps has been observed more recently, notably in individuals aged 17 to 34 years. This could be attributed to poor initial immune response to the mumps component of the MMR vaccine, waning immunity, or a combination of both within fully and partially vaccinated individuals.

Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Surveillance Report


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