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Ruth Armstrong
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (8): 418.

Adults currently aged 25–30 years are the group most susceptible to mumps in Australia, say Aratchige et al after conducting a national seroprevalence survey for mumps immunity, and examining mumps notifications and hospitalisations for Australians of all ages between 1994 and 2005 (→ Recent increases in mumps incidence in Australia: the “forgotten” age group in the 1998 Australian Measles Control Campaign). Notifications have certainly been increasing — from 60 in 2002 to 231 in 2005 and 512 in 2007 — and the birth cohort of 1978–1982 (who may not have received an extra dose of measles–mumps–rubella vaccine during the 1998 Australian Measles Control Campaign) has the highest rates of notification and the lowest immunity.

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