The Summer Olympics will take place in London From July 27 to August 12, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will travel to England to see the show and they will be bringing lots of souvenirs home with them. Without precautions, those souvenirs may include mumps or measles.
The United Kingdom has been struggles with large numbers of cases of these two illnesses for a decade. Much of the British public lost faith in childhood vaccines in the late 1990′s when the now debunked Wakefield paper on a link between the MMR vaccine and autism was published. An 2009-20010 outbreak of mumps in the New York City region that grew to almost 2,000 patients was traced to one tourist who had traveled to England.