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Is there more than one mumps virus strain going around?

Is there more than one mumps virus strain going around?

Only one mumps: Parotitis, the single or doublesided swelling of the parotid gland is the classical feature of mumps. There is one mumps virus. However, there are multiple other viruses and some bacteria that can cause infection/swelling in the parotid glands. Just having swollen parotid glands does not mean you have mumps. ...Read more

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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What does it mean to test positive for mumps virus?

What does it mean to test positive for mumps virus?

You either have it,: Had it, or you are properly immunized against it. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could my son get mumps from the vaccine two weeks too early?

Thoughts? Could my son get mumps from the vaccine two weeks too early?

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 more a legislative issue & bureaucracy than a true need. I had to repeat the vaccine for several kids when the state law changed. ...Read more

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How does the mumps vaccine make someone immune?

Antibodies: It causes your immune system to make antibodies against the mumps virus. ...Read more

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Immune to rubella, measles, mumps if you've had vaccines 2x before age six?

Immune to rubella, measles, mumps if you've had vaccines 2x before age six?

Mostly: Although vaccines are safe and effective, there is an occasional peron whose immune system does not respond well to the recommended series. Thus they are not immune. If needed, blood tests can measure this. Still worth immunizing to maximize protection. ...Read more

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How might giving a mumps vaccine to a boy affect his reproductive health later?

How might giving a mumps vaccine to a boy affect his reproductive health later?

It doesn't: In the pre vaccine era, the wild mumps eventually infected the majority of both men and women in their childhood and this had no significant effect on reproduction. The weaker strain in the vaccine also has no effect on later fertility. Un-vaccinated adult males who have developed an inflammation of their testis, with the wild virus, have a small but possible reduction in fertility. ...Read more

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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 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

Likely: Your daughter has likely been fully exposed to the mumps virus from before you knew you were ill. She will likely have it. The MMR is seldom given before a year of age except when a person will travel in a country with a lot of mumps. ...Read more

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Is there a virus with symptoms similar to mumps?

Is there a virus with symptoms similar to mumps?

Influenza, cold: The influenza virus and the common cold viruses (rhinovirus, coronavirus, corizyvirus, and adenoviruses all have symptoms very similar to mumps. The difference is longevity of illness with cold viruses generally lasting only a few days. Mumps and influenza viral infections are prolonged lasting several weeks. Early on in mumps people often think they have a cold virus due to similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Are you still able to pass on the virus (mumps) after all visible symptoms have faded (such as swelled salivary glands)?

Are you still able to pass on the virus (mumps) after all visible symptoms have faded (such as swelled salivary glands)?

According to CDC...: According to the centers for disease control, people with mumps are considered most contagious a few days before symptoms occur until 5 days after the onset of inflammation and swelling of the parotid (mumps) glands. Therefore the cdc recommends isolating mumps patients for 5 days after their glands begin to swell. ...Read more

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What is measles mumps and rubella vaccine?

What is measles mumps and rubella vaccine?

A vaccine: This is a vaccine that helps protects against measles, mumps and german measles. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have mumps even if I received the vaccine?

Is it possible to have mumps even if I received the vaccine?

Yes: It is unlikely that you will get it, but it has been shown that during the last us epidemic, the majority of teenagers who developed mumps indeed had had 2 dose of MMR earlier. It appears that immunity drops with age. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to get the mumps vaccine after you have already been exposed?

Is it necessary to get the mumps vaccine after you have already been exposed?

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

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Would there be any reason to get the measles / mumps / rubella vaccine 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

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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?

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

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What is the mumps a bacteria or a virus?

Virus: Mumps (or rubulavirus) is a virus. Infection can be prevented with immunization with the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination. ...Read more

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Could I potentially have mumps even if I recieved the vaccine?

Mumps: It is if you didn't get your appropriate boosters. You should have had a second MMR somewhere in late high school or early college-my guess based on your age. We now booster at age 5 yo, we did middle school age for awhile with catch up. If you think you might have mumps, you should seek medical advice. ...Read more

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Are you immune to rubella, measles, mumps if you received the MMR vaccine twice at age one and age six?

Vast majority are: This probably protects upwards of 95% of the population. However, due to the significance of rubella in pregnancy, OB's generally test for rubella immunity in all their prospective mothers so they can receive a booster if needed. ...Read more

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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.

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 1990's 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

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My system won't hold a titer for mumps or measles even after booster vaccinations, though it does for ruebella. What might cause this?

An immune deficiency: Checking specific antibody production (or titer) after receiving a vaccination is how immunologists assess the function of your immune system. Even though your rubella response is okay, the lack of response to the others suggests an immune defect, especially in the context of recurrent infections or other findings like low immunoglobulins. ...Read more

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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

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Can you tell me if there is any cure, vaccine, or medication for marburg virus?

Marburg Virus: Currently there is not a cure or vaccine for Marburg virus. The treatment is much lack that for Ebola. The patient may be hospitalized, placed in isolation & provided intensive care measures such as: oxygen, medication to maintain blood pressure, blood transfusions (platelets or fresh blood), intravenous fluids & electrolytes & treatment of co-existing infections. In third world countries, ...Read more

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Why is a virus treated with a vaccine and not a drug?

Why is a virus treated with a vaccine and not a drug?

??? what???: The vaccines do not "treat" any illness. If taken before exposure they may help someone build personal immunity and prevent a viral disease from starting. At this point we have very few medications that have anti-viral properties. Bacteria, fortunately, are more amenable to available drugs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the parvo virus -- my dogs got a vaccine for it; do humans get vaccines?

Can you tell me about the parvo virus -- my dogs got a vaccine for it; do humans get vaccines?

Not a human pbm: My understanding of this disorder is that it is not a human disease. As such, there would not be a need for a vaccine for it. ...Read more

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I have HPV gen warts & they're tiny. What can it cause later in life? I'm 23 & healthy. Will virus ever go away? I got vaccines @ 11-12 b4 sex active

I have HPV gen warts & they're tiny. What can it cause later in life? I'm 23 & healthy. Will virus ever go away? I got vaccines @ 11-12 b4 sex active

Confirm diagnosis: HPV is the only cause of warts, at any age. But make sure a health professional has confirmed the diagnosis. Most self diagnosed "tiny" warts are not warts at all. HPV usually is cleared entirely by the immune system. DNA may persist, but uncommonly reactivates to cause disease or transmission to partners. Also see my reply to your other question. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more