A child gets the MMR vaccine. There are currently several mumps outbreaks in Ireland. File photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The origins of the word for the disease are lost in time, but most probably come from the “grimace” of the sufferer who finds swallowing painful. Mump(...)

The HSE has appealed to the public to be vigilant for the symptoms of meningitis after three people died from the condition in the past three weeks.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has appealed to the public to be vigilant for the symptoms of meningitis after three people died from the condition(...)

Sisters Margaret and Ann Kennedy at home in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

As a woman with congenital rubella syndrome, I would like to discuss vaccinations and speak from experience. My twin sister and I share this same birt(...)

The MMR vaccine prevents people contracting measles in 99 per cent of cases, after two doses

Parents have been urged to ensure their children’s vaccinations are up to date as a measles outbreak grows. Forty suspected cases of measles have bee(...)

The uptake of the MMR vaccine in children aged 24 months has increased to 93 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Some 93 per cent of children in Ireland have received the MMR vaccine by two years of age, a “marked” improvement on previous years, the HSE’s (...)