Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: BMJ | 2008/11/21

Q.

Mumps

Hi doc

Two children in a playschool around the corner of our house has mumps. My children 7,5 &  21m have all had their immunisations up to date - I believe these kids were also immunised. Why did they still get mumps and what it the likelyhood of getting it if you have been immunised. My children do not attend this playschool and the baby is at home with me.

Thank you

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Many children have not had the MMR immunisation which is very effective in preventing mumps as well as measles and german measles. This is why the two children you mention have developed mumps.

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