Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Don't call it a comeback

The Mumps has been here for years.

I don't have a child so I don't know what sort of vaccinations are required today, but I remember being vaccinated against diseases which seem pretty rare these days: Measles, mumps, rubella, diptheria, pertussis, etc. I think I had the measles, but I was living a third world country called England, so what could I expect?

I was surprised to see mumps in the news again recently.

There are over 1,000 cases in Iowa, a case at Indiana Universtiy, and other isolated cases all over the country. Apparently, there have been over 100,000 reported cases of mumps in the UK over the past two years while there were only around 400 cases reported in the United States in 2003. It is believed that this strain may have come from there. What the hell?

The most common symptoms are fever, headache and swollen salivary glands under the jaw. It can lead to more severe problems, such as hearing loss, meningitis and swollen testicles, which can lead to infertility. It does not respond to antibiotics.

I guess this is one more reason never to go to Iowa. I'll take my chances with England.

7 Comments:

Blogger Hugh said...

I've never had measles (knock on wood), and so I've gotten several vaccinations over the course of my life. I realize that, one of these days, it's gonna kick me in the rear.

April 26, 2006  
Blogger indygirl said...

Apparantly, the vaccinations aren't good for a lifetime.
Up yours Iowa!

April 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, many vaccinations do not confer lifelong immunity, such as the chicken pox vaccine.

I read a blog where this outbreak was blamed on homeschoolers who didn't vaccinate. Yeah, whatever.

(oh we did vaccinate for everything but chicken pox. And my kids caught)

-eb

April 26, 2006  
Blogger Butchieboy said...

My kid got all kins of vaccinations that I didn't even know existed..hep B, chicken pox, vagrancy, distemper, heartworms, gayness/lesbianism, dumnity, stupidery, slackjaw, etc... I had to pay a little extra for the whore/ little slut vax, but it is soooo worth it.

April 26, 2006  
Anonymous braingirl said...

You're going to be restricted to a lot more states than just Iowa. They're all over the midwest in this latest outbreak -- including the Dakotas and Colorado. We had a mump scare in my old office in CA about 10 years ago. I went to my local doc and got a new vaccination which I believe is now good for a lifetime.

April 26, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Yeah, that's true, braingirl. I think most of the cases are in Iowa though. The woman in Colorado who had them had recently made two trips to Iowa.

Strange stuff. I remember a classmate of mine had them in elementary school. He was the only one that i have personally known to have had them.

April 26, 2006  
Blogger cinnamon said...

I suppose it is less scary name than bubonic plague that was reported in Cali.

April 27, 2006  

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