Latest Mumps Stories
By JULIA HORTON CASES of measles and scarlet fever in Scotland have rocketed by up to 20 times in the past year. The number of confirmed cases of measles nationwide reached 68 in June - compared to just three in the same time period last year.
MERSEYSIDE parents have been urged to help avoid a measles epidemic. Primary care trusts hope parents of children about to start school or playgroup will add the MMR vaccination to their checklist.
THE Government is renewing its efforts to ensure children up to the age of 18 receive the MMR jab. The Department of Health is making extra doses of the vaccine available and pledging more cash to help NHS trusts vaccinate youngsters in their area.
By MORGAN JOSEY GLOVER Guilford County Schools will suspend rising sixth-grade students who do not update their immunizations against three viruses by Aug. 28.
By Warren Manger SOARING numbers of children are being struck down by measles in Coventry and Warwickshire because parents are refusing to have them vaccinated. Doctors have treated more than 140 youngsters for measles in the last 18 months - three times the national average.
EXPERTS are planning to investigate why parents in Yorkshire are shunning the MMR vaccine - following warnings that measles has now become endemic.
THE Scottish Tories have called for separate vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella to be available on the NHS. New statistics show a slight drop in the uptake of the joint MMR jab, to 91.2 per cent.
Public health officials in Britain warn that a decline in vaccinations has made measles endemic in the country once again. A total of 95 cases of measles were reported in May in London, The Independent said. There were 35 elsewhere in England and Wales.
A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that most of the victims of a 2006 mumps outbreak had already received the recommended vaccination against the virus, raising concerns about whether or not a booster shot or a new vaccine may be required to fully protect people from the mumps.
The results of a new study presented Wednesday at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said children suffer higher rates of fever-induced convulsions after receiving the Merck combination vaccine ProQuad instead of two separate shots.
Mumps virus causes mumps which is a common childhood disease characterized by swelling of the parotid glands and other epithelial tissues causing high morbidity in some cases deafness. Infection is currently restricted to humans while the virus is transmitted by direct contact, droplet spread, or via contaminated objects. It is a vaccine preventable disease although significant outbreaks have occurred in recent years in regions with high levels of vaccination. The virus belongs to the genus...
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