to keep the CDC dissection together:
Sara, in honor of your....
...breastfeeding prowess, I've been wrestling with the CDC info to get a little sumpin' on "mumps encephalitis".
Much easier said than done. A first result was this:http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000379.htm
An "outbreak" of 63 cases of mumps in N.J. No complications, no hospitalizations.
Interesting this was, and this will be the main point later, the mean age was 11 years--spanning 6 to 17 years old.
Now we have 480 University age cases:http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000944.htm
One case of meningoencephalitis-- but these are all college age students--- and I don't have to check this website to know that mumps should be a childhood disease. Every book on childhood diseases discusses the added dangers of these diseases as adult diseases.
Notice how in the South Dakota adult cases 44 of 94 lacked previous evidence of having had the vax or disease. This is typical semantics of a CDC document-- you have to interpret the meaningful data...
...'cause what that means to me is that 50 cases had had the vax or disease. Of course they don't tell the breakdown of that number, but from what I know of immmunity---I got my mumps naturally and the best my parents could do was pieces of ground beef during the illness---I'll bet that those 50 cases (more than half) were vaxed.
This next one is a little trickier:http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000890.htm
And, mind you, this was a search using the term: "mumps encephalitis"
No mention of this phenomenon in the vaccine era, even though there are plenty of recorded cases of the naturally occurring disease. 2,982 cases in 1985.
Strangely, the reason my search turned up this document was the following:
"...mumps has never been given the same priority as measles or rubella in the public or medical community, despite the morbidity due to mumps and the fact that mumps virus was a leading cause of acquired deafness in the prevaccine era and the leading cause of viral encephalitis of known etiology in the United States until 1975."
The thing is that the first paragraph mentions the "152,209 cases (of mumps) reported in 1968, the year mumps became a nationally notifiable disease and the first year after mumps vaccine licensure in December 1967.
So there is no meaningful data on mumps before 1968 the year AFTER the mumps vax is introduced, but the "leading cause of acquired deafnenss and viral encephalitis OF KNOWN ETIOLOGY.. until 1975.
Why is that phrase is there? Was it perhaps the ONLY known etiology, one of few known? What was the starting date as a "leading cause of known etiology for those two ? Was it perhaps after the vaccine was introduced in December 1967? Was this initial vaccine a live vax?
The only meaningful info in this report is simply this:
"Persons who were neither vaccinated nor infected at a young age may be exposed when they are older and at higher risk for mumps-associated complications."
Remember those 50 college students in South Dakota who didn't qualify as "no-vax, no illness."
My son WILL get natural immunity to mumps. If we can't find it here in N.C. we will go anywhere in the continental US to find it, and I'll even be offering a "finders fee" (LOL)
Don't just procreate, disseminate and you better
Breastfeed (dammit, dhs, get on board!),