NJ Mumps Outbreak

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Registered: 11-13-2008
NJ Mumps Outbreak
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Thu, 09-05-2013 - 6:06pm

They believe the outbreak of between 20-22 people is tied to a popular bar.  The youngest affected is a preschooler: 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/09/mumps_outbreak_may_be_tied_to_popular_belmar_bar_monmouth_county_health_official_says.html

Is this preventable?

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Mon, 09-30-2013 - 1:47pm

Almost certainly -- I understand the argument that even with 100% vaccination rates, some may still get it -- not every immune system was created / is maintained equally. However, we've seen a rise in (generally) vaccine-preventable illness in recent years, that correlates directly with the decline in vaccination -- so what other explanation is there for these outbreaks?



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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 09-09-2013 - 3:17pm
I think that is the argument for vaccinating, even if you get the disease, you will get it at a more "watered down" way and it shouldn't affect you as badly. Isn't that what they say with the flu shot, if you get the shot and get the flu that matches the strain in the shot, you will just have lessened symptoms.
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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sun, 09-08-2013 - 11:12am

I wonder... if you get vaccinated and still get the disease - is the disease worse than if you hadn't gotten vaccinated?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 09-06-2013 - 2:56pm

Sure, if we close the borders, not let anyone travel and forcibly vaccinate everyone.  But even with 100% vaccination rate, that does not mean that no one will ever get it.  With a transient population, you'd have to completely eradicate the entire world of it, the natural strain of it, to completely prevent it. 

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