An assessment of mumps vaccine
effectiveness by dose during an outbreak in Canada.
The rationale for offering vaccination to the entire prison population was based on effectiveness data for mumps vaccine
and extrapolation from existing guidelines for management of a mumps outbreak.
Worried mums and dads had been able to get kids separate jags for measles, mumps and rubella until Merck announced they had stopped making the mumps vaccine
. Martha Cox, of Wellcare private health clinics, thinks the decision was driven by the Government.
Among patients in eight highly affected states with known vaccination status, 63% overall and 84% between the ages of 18 and 24 years had received two doses of mumps vaccine
. For the 12 years preceding the outbreak, national coverage of one-dose mumps vaccination among preschoolers was 89% or more nationwide and 86% or more in highly affected states.
The mumps vaccine
is one-third of a shot called the MMR vaccine, which also prevents measles and rubella.
He also suggests that the mumps vaccine
is less effective as part of MMR, than the single jab.
Available data from these eight states show that about 43% of the cases had received two doses of mumps vaccine
The mumps vaccine
should be given at 12-15 months and again at 4-6 years.
started decreasing after the use of mumps vaccine
began in 1967 and children were vaccinated routinely in 1977 and thereafter.
She said: "For those of us who were trying to get our children to have separate vaccinations, the vaccine that there was a shortage of was the mumps vaccine
A spokesman for Direct Health 2000 said: ``There has been a gradual increase simply because they there isn't any vaccine available at the moment and it will continue to increase until the mumps vaccine
supply starts again.
We haven't had any of the mumps vaccine
for a couple of months but the next supply is due in September and October.'