Posted by: msmc4 | March 30, 2010

Mumps Making A Return?

Recently, there has been an outbreak of Mumps in Orthodox Jewish communities in New York and New Jersey. CDC officials have traced the source of the outbreak to an 11-year-old boy who had recently returned from flying abroad. After the news broke regarding the outbreak, many people were furious because this family did not have their son vaccinated with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Mumps is a highly infectious disease that is contracted by touching infected surfaces and through the inhalation of the virus. It is a concern to health officials because a person will be contagious days before they show any symptoms. Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, inflammation of the brain, swelling of the reproductive organs, and deafness.

Even though the majority of the community received the MMR vaccine, a lot of people still contracted mumps. The CDC explains that the MMR vaccine is not 100% effective, and that it is still possible to contract mumps. However, the CDC reports that symptoms would be milder compared to those who are unvaccinated.

Should vaccinations be required? If not, will we see an increase in once rare infectious diseases?



  1. They should be required. This outbreak could have been prevented if this boy had been vaccinated. Even if the vaccination isn’t 100% effective it’s better to get the vaccination and do all you can to try and prevent getting the disease rather than doing nothing.

  2. It wasnt the mumps but one of my friends got the whooping cough and she was sick for weeks. I think people need to be better informed on vaccines and what they protect us against so outbreaks like this dont happen.

  3. That’s scary! I definitely think a utilitarian view is the most appropriate here – whatever is the best for the greatest number of people.

  4. I’m so torn on this because I hate the idea of mandates on anything, but it kills me to see diseases like this re-emerging because people feel like it can’t happen to them and therefore don’t need a vaccine. Read the facts people… please!

  5. I am not for forced vaccinations. For one, I read some data from NVIC, Joe Mercola, and other sites that 77% of these Mumps cases in New York occured in VACCINATED people. I think that maybe people should learn that some of these diseases are still aroun and to live with them some and that public health officials should not assume a zero outbreak is realistic either. Back in the old days prior to vaccination, there were outbreaks and most of the people survivied.

  6. Mumps is a very painfull disease, when i get it, i always use some cold compress to relieve the pain. –

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  7. infections diseases should be treated as early as possible to prevent outbreaks and also to reduce the damage to the body.”

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