Originally Posted by Deborah
Why spend millions of dollars, inflict live virus vaccines on toddlers, give boosters throughout life...to try to eradicate an illness that is incredibly mild in almost all children.
We have a really different take on reality.
See, I go with that old saying about special cases making bad law.
The justification for vaccinating against mumps is that it is, very rarely, dangerous for a small group of children. The argument that it is dangerous for teens and adults is even more disingenuous because the vaccine is making it more likely that teens and adults will have mumps, not less so.
But a vaccine to save a tiny, tiny, tiny group has to be very, very, very safe.
MMR is not a very, very, very safe vaccine.
I agree, we really have a different take on reality. I don't consider thousands of people to be a tiny, tiny, tiny group.
In 1967 the vaccine for mumps was approved by the FDA. Before that there were about 200,000 cases of mumps reported per year.
20-30 deaths on average
30,000 cases of brain involvement, including aeseptic meningitis on average
100 cases of permanent deafness on average
Considering the population increase, if people were still infected with mumps at the same rate we would have
31-47 deaths on average
46,800 cases of brain involvement, including aeseptic meningitis on average
156 cases of permanent deafness on average
If we'd never had the mumps vaccine, even without adjusting for the increase in population, then between 1967 and 2010 we'd have
860-1290 deaths from mumps on average
1,290,000 cases of brain involvement, including aeseptic meningitis on average
4,300 cases of permanent deafness on average
Yes, I do see that as a lot of people. I really do.http://www.immunizationinfo.org/vaccines/mumps