Measles & Mumps: Still a Problem?
May 7, 2017
There was a time when getting the measles and mumps was a part of growing up. But widespread vaccination changed that. Or did it? Do recent outbreaks of these diseases mean that they are staging a comeback? In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast pediatric medicine expert Dr. Monique Mills answers questions about measles and mumps.
- We are hearing reports about outbreaks of measles and mumps in Texas. Why?
- Discuss measles and mumps. What are they, what causes them and what are the symptoms?
- At what age should children receive the MMR -- or measles, mumps, rubella vaccine?
- For some perspective, how many cases are we talking about in connection with an "outbreak" as compared to the frequency of these diseases before vaccines were available?
- There was a study nearly 20 years ago from Great Britain - since discredited -- that connected the MMR vaccine to increased risk for autism. Does this discredited study still have an impact on parents' decisions to vaccinate their children?
- What are the potential dangers attendant to not vaccinating chidren for measles and mumps?
- If someone isn't vaccinated for measles and mumps, does that individual pose a risk to others in the community who have been vaccinated? Or does the vaccine provide complete protection?
- Is there a need to develop a booster vaccination for measles and mumps for adults?
- What about those who have actually had measles and mumps? Is 'lifetime immunity' really good for a lifetime?
- If we continue to hear about measles and mumps in the news, should we be concerned?