Mumps is most common around the month of March. It usually appears in scattered individual cases, though there are occasional local epidemics among unvaccinated children. It's less infectious than chickenpox or measles. Unvaccinated adults who never had the disease are at much higher risk of complications than are children, but mumps rarely causes serious problems
by Catherine Frompovich
Ohio State University reports a breakout of mumps, a communicable infectious disease that affects the salivary [parotid] glands that also can cause other health problems, some serious, e.g., meningitis and deafness. If mumps occurs in older males (> 12 y/o), theres a possibility of mumps contributing to infertility.According to Patient.co.uk / Mumps, these are some of the other health problems that can occur:
- The testes (testicles) are sometimes affected. One testis may become inflamed, swollen, and painful for about a week. This is uncommon in young children. However, about 1 in 4 males who get mumps over the age of 12 years will develop a painful swollen testis. Occasionally, both testes are affected. In very rare cases this may cause infertility.
- Brain inflammation (encephalitis or meningitis) is an uncommon complication. It typically causes drowsiness, headache, stiff neck, wanting to keep out of the light and vomiting. Although alarming, meningitis …
Who should not get MMR vaccine?
People who have serious allergies to gelatin, the drug neomycin, or a previous dose of the vaccine.
Pregnant women or women who are trying to get pregnant within 4 weeks should not get MMR vaccine until after they deliver their babies.
People with cancer, HIV, or other problems or treatments that weaken the immune system should check with their doctor or nurse before getting vaccinated.
People who have recently had a transfusion or were given other blood products should check with their doctor or nurse before getting vaccinated.
People with high fevers should not be vaccinated until after the fever and other symptoms are gone.
Every healthcare website and agency promotes being vaccinated with at least one dose of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. According to Patient.co.uk, this should be noted:
The immune system makes antibodies during the infection. These clear the virus and then provide lifelong immunity. It is therefore very rare to have more than one episode of mumps.
That information is most valuable because with the MMR vaccine, two doses are now required in childhood according to the U.S. CDC. Furthermore, the MMR vaccines are the one vaccine that parents can point to as when their children lost it and never were the same again. However, that two-dose prophylactic protocol does not seem to be working well at Ohio State University, or elsewhere. Moreover, in 2013 the MMR vaccine was re-introduced on to the Adult Immunization Schedule of Vaccinations, which readers can check out in the Resources section at the end of this blog.
Here’s something that may explain why adults need to be re-vaccinated for mumps and other infectious childhood diseases. It’s taken off the CDC’s website:
7. Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination
• Adults born before 1957 are generally considered immune to measles and mumps. All adults born in 1957 or later should have documentation of 1 or more doses of MMR vaccine unless they have a medical contraindication to the vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity to each of the three diseases. Documentation of provider- diagnosed disease is not considered acceptable evidence of immunity for measles, mumps, or rubella.
What healthcare consumers don’t know is that there are bloods tests that can prove immunity to communicable diseases that can excuse receiving unnecessary vaccinations, thereby avoiding neurotoxins and other toxic chemicals being injected into you or your children. You have every legal right to exercise laboratory evidence of immunity. More parents ought to seek this route before just giving in to mandatory vaccinations, I think. See what the San Francisco Department of Health says about that:
A blood test can provide proof of immunity, which helps you avoid getting unnecessary vaccines. See our information sheet: Testing for Immunity to Vaccine-Preventable Diseases.
AITC can check your immunity to:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Measles / Mumps / Rubella
- Yellow fever
Mumps is caused by an organism called aparamyxovirus. It's transmitted via the mouth by tiny drops of saliva from talking, sneezing, sharing drinks, kissing, or coughing. The virus can land on an object that others then handle. Once it's on your hand, there's a good chance it will find its way into your mouth, especially if you're a young child. Mumps is contagious for about a week before the glands swell, and about 9 days afterwards, so people can transmit it before they know they have it. This is common for most viral diseases.
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