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[PROVE] Mumps In Spite of Vaccination

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  • Terry L Parker
    ... From: PROVE Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2006 9:37 AM Subject: [PROVE] Mumps In Spite of Vaccination ... sick in mid-January,
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1 9:53 AM
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      From: "PROVE" <newsletter@...>
      Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2006 9:37 AM
      Subject: [PROVE] Mumps In Spite of Vaccination


      : [More Vaccine Failures]
      :
      : "When 11-year-old Will Hean of Davenport starting feeling
      sick in mid-January, his family thought he had a bad case of
      the flu. But his face and throat swelled and his temperature
      climbed to 103. His parents took him to the doctor, and he
      was diagnosed to their surprise with full-blown mumps.
      :
      : About two weeks later, the Heans' daughter, Kate, 21, came
      down with the mumps, too.
      :
      : Both children had gotten the measles, mumps and rubella
      vaccine, or MMR. So had their other son, 13-year-old Jimmy,
      who did not get the mumps.
      :
      : "He had all the shots and everything. You don't think
      you're going to get the mumps after you've been inoculated,"
      said Will's father, Wayne Hean."
      :
      :
      :
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      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060401/ap_on_he_me/mumps_outbreak
      :
      : Mumps Cases Reach Epidemic Level in Iowa By MELANIE S.
      WELTE, Associated Press Writer
      : Fri Mar 31, 10:22 PM ET
      :
      : A mumps epidemic is sweeping across Iowa in the nation's
      biggest outbreak in at least 17 years, baffling health
      officials and worrying parents.
      :
      : As of Thursday, 245 confirmed, probable or suspected cases
      of mumps had been reported to the Iowa Department of Public
      Health since mid-January.
      :
      : The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      said it is the nation's only outbreak, which the CDC defines
      as five or more cases in a concentrated area.
      :
      : "We are calling this an epidemic," said Iowa state
      epidemiologist Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, explaining that mumps
      has spread to more than one-third of the state and does not
      appear to be confined to certain age groups or other sectors
      of the population.
      :
      : Quinlisk said Iowa has had about five cases of mumps a
      year in recent years, and this is its first large outbreak
      in nearly 20 years.
      :
      : "We're trying to figure out why is it happening, why is it
      happening in Iowa and why is it happening right now. We
      don't know," she said.
      :
      : CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell said the federal agency has
      no answers yet. But Quinlisk said one theory is that the
      infection was brought over from England — perhaps by a
      college student — because the strain seen in Iowa has been
      identified by the CDC as the same one that has caused tens
      of thousands of cases of the mumps in a major outbreak in
      Britain over the past two years.
      :
      : "It may have been a college student, since we did see the
      first activities on college campuses, but we can't prove
      that," Quinlisk said. The Public Health Department said 23
      percent of the 245 reported patients are in college.
      :
      : The CDC said it is the nation's biggest epidemic of mumps
      since 269 cases were reported in Douglas County, Kan., from
      October 1988 to April 1989.
      :
      : Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands.
      Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches and swelling
      of the glands close to the jaw. It can cause serious
      complications, including meningitis, damage to the testicles
      and deafness.
      :
      : A mumps vaccine was introduced in 1967. Iowa law requires
      schoolchildren to be vaccinated against measles and rubella,
      and the mumps vaccine is included in the same shot. The
      state's last major outbreak was in 1987, when 476 people
      were infected.
      :
      : Of the 245 patients this year, at least 66 percent had had
      the recommended two-shot vaccination, while 14 percent had
      received one dose, the Public Health Department said.
      :
      : "The vaccine is working," Quinlisk said. "The vaccine
      certainly was made to cover this particular strain, because
      it's a fairly common strain of mumps." Quinlisk said the
      vaccine overall is considered about 95 percent effective.
      :
      : Quinlisk said the mumps outbreak started in eastern Iowa
      and is spreading statewide and possibly into the neighboring
      states of Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska. Those states may
      have one or two cases, she said.
      :
      : When 11-year-old Will Hean of Davenport starting feeling
      sick in mid-January, his family thought he had a bad case of
      the flu. But his face and throat swelled and his temperature
      climbed to 103. His parents took him to the doctor, and he
      was diagnosed to their surprise with full-blown mumps.
      :
      : About two weeks later, the Heans' daughter, Kate, 21, came
      down with the mumps, too.
      :
      : Both children had gotten the measles, mumps and rubella
      vaccine, or MMR. So had their other son, 13-year-old Jimmy,
      who did not get the mumps.
      :
      : "He had all the shots and everything. You don't think
      you're going to get the mumps after you've been inoculated,"
      said Will's father, Wayne Hean
      :
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