Lately we’ve been hearing about National Hockey League players getting mumps, an illness that kids used to get many years ago.
Why is it back? And are we at risk?
I will admit that as a pediatrician, I rarely see mumps in the office. Since children are required to have two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccines — one as a toddler and then a booster at age 4 to 5 — 90% of them are protected. And this is clearly a good thing.
So why did the hockey players get this infection, if vaccinations protect against it?
Unfortunately, the protection is not perfect. If you got only one shot of MMR — which is what reportedly happened with some of these hockey players — your protection is only 78%. Additionally, if you are in close quarters with other people, including locker rooms or buses, it is more likely that you will be exposed. So, unfortunately, the NHL players were in a perfect position to get this infection.
You really don’t want to get this infection as an adult. Adults who get mumps are more likely to have serious complications such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (an inflammation of the lining of the brain) and orchitis (painful swelling of the testicles ).
So how do we protect ourselves?
Men tyvärr så verkar det inte som om de som fått 2 sprutor är helt skyddade heller..... läs: