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Are Some People More Prone To Getting The Mumps
Mumps is a viral infection of children caused by the paramyxovirus virus. The salivary glands (esp. Parotid behind the ears) swell. The paramyxovirus virus is spread by direct contact with an infected person's sneeze or cough. With nearly universal immunization in childhood, there are few cases ...Read more
No: Even though mumps is very contagious, a person that has already had mumps once in their lifetime will never be able to get it again. They get life long immunity. So, the answer is no, you cannot get mumps more than once in your lifetime. The vaccination should protect you also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: Even with proper immunizations including boosters, the vaccines do not ever provide 100% protection. However, since most children currently are immunized, the risk of mumps is currently low. There has been a major increase seen in the mid-atlantic area, due to foreign exposures and under immunizations.It is still crucial to immunize. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Vaccines have decreased illness rates dramatically, but there are some people who don't respond to vaccines and are still susceptible. This is one reason that a large percentage of the population needs to be immunized to make a dent in the transmission of a disease. Herd immunity protects if the immunizations aren't effective. (if others in the herd don't have mumps, you won't get mumps.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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