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Is it possible to get mumps even if you were vaccinated when you were a child?

Is it possible to get mumps even if you were vaccinated when you were a child?

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

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Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mumps (Definition)

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


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Could a child who has had the MMR vaccination still get the mumps?

Could a child who has had the MMR vaccination still get the mumps?

Mumps after MMR: Probably only happens if the vaccine didn't "take". That means the vaccine is a weak virus that may not have survived until it was injected due to vaccine handling or host (patient) factors. ...Read more

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Docs, could a child who has had the MMR vaccination still get the mumps?

Docs, could a child who has had the MMR vaccination still get the mumps?

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

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Is it possible for me to get mumps even after being vaccinated?

Is it possible for me to get mumps even after being vaccinated?

Yes: Unfortunately no vaccine is guaranteed to work in 100% of the patients 100% of the time. But still well worth doing! ...Read more

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Can my well-vaccinated nieces and nephews still spread mumps or measles to my baby?

Can my well-vaccinated nieces and nephews still spread mumps or measles to my baby?

No: Provided your nieces and nephews had the 2 injections of the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella), they should have complete protection from all three diseases. Likewise, if you had the same 2 injections or had the measles disease, you will provide the same protection to your baby. This is the joy of having had vaccinations - complete peace of mind. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract mumps after being vaccinated?

Is it possible to contract mumps after being vaccinated?

Mumps vaccine: Like the measles and german measles vaccines, the mumps vaccine is very effective in prevention of those diseases. There is no need to receive the mumps vaccine if you already contracted the disease. ...Read more

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Could you contract mumps after being vaccinated against them?

Yes: During the 2006 mumps outbreak, some students who were immunized with 2 doses contracted the disease. ...Read more

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Can you catch mumps if you have been fully vaccinated? What is the likely hood?

Can you catch mumps if you have been fully vaccinated? What is the likely hood?

Yes, it depends: The mumps vaccine isn't all that effective; after a single dose about 75% of people are protected; after a second dose about 85% are protected. But this does not mean there is a 15% chance of getting mumps as one first has to be exposed which is unlikely. But even if one gets mumps it's generally a mild, benign self-limited illness. Women who have had mumps have a lower risk of ovarian cancer! ...Read more

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How effective is vaccination against mumps, and do you still need it if you had mumps infection already ?

How effective is vaccination against mumps, and do you still need it if you had mumps infection already ?

Mumps vaccine: Like the measles and german measles vaccines, the mumps vaccine is very effective in prevention of the mumps disease. There is no need to receive the mumps vaccine if you already contracted the disease because you are already immune. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if im vaccinated for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) can I still pass the mumps onto others?

Not that likely: Even though you have received the MMR vaccination, it is still possible to be infected. It makes it less likely, but it is still possible. Immunity may wane over time and booster vaccinations are given to help the immune cells remember the response to fight the disease. ...Read more

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Can a child get mumps if he had the shot as a baby?

Can a child get mumps if he had the shot as a baby?

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

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Is there any known long term effect from having the mumps as a child?

Is there any known long term effect from having the mumps as a child?

Immunity: There is no significant long term effect of having childhood mumps other than immunity. It tends to ba a much harsher illness in adults. ...Read more