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Can You Get Mumps Twice
A viral infection of children caused by the paramyxovirus virus. The salivary glands (especially the parotid glands 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
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 more
Yes: Unfortunately no vaccine is guaranteed to work in 100% of the patients 100% of the time. But still well worth doing! ...Read more
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 more
A friend of mine has mumps and i have been around her but I was vaccinated. I am 16... Will I get infected too?
No: Will not be...don't exchange body fluid with the friend....now. ...Read more
Confusing question: You do not get the mumps from the vaccine. If the vaccine was given two weeks early, it is likely just as effective as if it were given on time. Some school systems/state health departments require that the vaccine be given on or after the birth date, but that is a more legislative issue & bureaucracy than a true need. I had to repeat the vaccine for several kids when the state law changed. ...Read more
What could happen if you don't have the MMR jab? I know you could get the illnesses (measles, mumps and rubella) but is there anything else?
Long term issues: Measles:can cause encephalitis with brain damage in 1/1000 and death in 3/1000 cases. Mumps can cause pregnancy loss, male sterility, mild encephalitis, other problems and occasional death in adults. Rubella, while relatively mild in most, occasionally produces encephalitis in the patient. It is well-known for producing miscarriage, birth defects and mental retardation in infants infected in the womb. ...Read more
Just got mmr booster for immigration purposes-- found records that I was immune already but got the shot anyway. Is this bad? Will I get mumps?
No: Repeating the vaccine just reminds your system to be vigilant & fight off those germs if exposed. It would not put you at any extra risk of any disease. ...Read more
2 near family members got mumps. I have only 1 dose of the vaccine which I got 10 years ago. Should I get a 2nd dose? Any additional advice? Thank you
Yes: Because you had vaccine 10 years ago you should have the second dose to protect your self. ...Read more
Depends.............: The only way to determine if you have immunity against the virus, you would need an antibody titer. If it is in the accepted protective range, then no. If the tier is below that level, then any exposure you might have had with the virus was not sufficient to produce immunity and you should then receive the mumps vaccine. ...Read more
Yes: Recent imported cases from overseas to the houston area were found to have infected some who had received only one dose of vaccine. Protection for up to 85% is accomplished with the first dose and the 2nd dose brings it up to 95% or more. Any unvaccinated kid is at high risk as long as international air travel can bring it in to the country during a contagious phase. ...Read more
What is the incubation period of mumps? My friend has it and I'm worried I might get it now. He's been coughing and sneezing around me a lot.
Mumps: According to the CDC, the average incubation period for mumps is 16 to 18 days, with a range of 12 to 25 days. Clinical Features. Mumps usually involves pain, tenderness, and swelling in one or both parotid salivary glands (cheek and jaw area). It is spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions or saliva or through fomites (foreign objects). Get immunized and stay away is best. ...Read more
I'm just wonderingif you have had the mumps as a child can you still get chicken pox as a teenager?
Different diseases : Yes, they are different diseases. Having one will not create immunity to the other. ...Read more
I have the mumps and my daughter is 8 and a half months.will she get the mumps too? She still didn't get the MMR vaccine
I get mumps 6 years ago. I have swallowed tender and painful parotid gland on right side now. And alao I feel catching cold. Is it mumps again?
Why 2 MMR's: Actually the 2nd MMR is not given as a booster like all other vaccine series but because 15% of first MMR recipients are 'non responders' and the second dose is meant to catch those in that 15% group. Two MMR doses were found to catch most everyone where one dose missed. If you, instead, have serologic proof you responded to the first dose, repeat vaccine is not needed. ...Read more
Blood work showed I am only not immune to mumps only but I got the MMR vaccine two years ago. Is this possible? Safe to get it again?
It is safe: For some reason your body did not make any antibodies in response to the first MMR. I would definitely get a second dose and then blood work to see if it "took". ...Read more
Hi my measles IgG antibody -ve(57.35IU/L), mumps IgG antibody -ve(2.72 RU/ml), rubella IgG antibody -ve(<10 IU/ml)what should I do?can I get vaccinated?
By all means: This would be a great idea.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it possible to get one IgG titer for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and varicella if I don't have my immunization card?
Separate issues: There are lab tests available for each of the four agents you listed. Contact your pcp to see if they can be drawn at their office or at a separate lab site. ...Read more
Should adults around age 58 get an MMR vaccine? I can't be sure that I had the mumps but had "swollen glands" in childhood.
Won't hurt: We have seen a recent rise in measles cases imported by international travel, (Houston, Ohio). As such, it is reasonable for anyone with an unsure history or who was born prior to 1990 to have a dose. Prior to 1990s we give only one dose of MMR at a yr and about 15% of the population remained at risk. Second doses were given to many into their teens at that time but many were missed. ...Read more
Prevention: Mumps virus is reasonably preventabe by receiving the proper doses of vaccine. This vaccine has decades of proven safety and efficacy. Keep in mind, it may be neccessary to boost your immune response with a booster dose in teens or adulthood. Mumps virus has no good medical therapy other than treating the symptoms. ...Read more
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