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I just invited a friend over with her dear son. She casually mentioned he'd gotten his mumps-only vax today. It occured to me, I wonder if that's a live virus? Normally I wouldn't care; we don't vax but I do have a newborn so I do care for now. So I questioned it, she didn't know, we each called our peds and mine said it is a live virus even though they don't have them singally, and hers said they'll call her back. So, to be safe, she decided to just go and we'll get together next week. She seemed to have no problem with it but I sure do feel kind of stupid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Of course, I hope nothing happens here with relation to the virus shedding, if in fact it does. (You know how you educate yourself prior to the decision, then you've made your decision so the details no longer matter, and our ds is 3 so vaxes are something we reserached a long time ago!)
 

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Hey, at least your friend thought to tell you about the vaccine!<br><br>
I would never schedule a playdate for the same day as a vaccine though. Kids are usually out of sorts and cranky from the shots.
 

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Mumps is a live virus vaccine. Smart to have canceled the play date with a newborn in the house. Although I am sure you are breast feeding and he probably wouldn't get it.<br><br>
As a matter of fact, I think it is mumps that kids don't get under the age of two even if they are exposed? Or am I remembering this incorrectly?
 

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You might like to check out some of the things in the archives about unvaxed kids interacting with vaxed kids:<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/forumdisplay.php?f=149" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...play.php?f=149</a>
 

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I've never, ever heard of a newborn getting sick from mumps, period. I'm thinking the passive immunity must be really strong in the first few months or something, because newborns just don't seem to ever get it.<br>
Also, there's not a single case report of secondary transmission of the vaccine virus. That does happen with other live vaccines, but not mumps for some reason.<br>
ALSO...shedding wouldn't start so soon, anyway. It would take at least a few days for the virus to multiply in the vaxed kid to even begin shedding in theory.<br><br>
So you're very much all good, I think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The deal with mumps is that kids under age two almost always have asymptomatic infection. Literally almost always. There have been one or two people post here that they or their siblings had mumps at 10 months or so, but that's all I've ever heard of it. The old wives' tale was that kids couldn't catch mumps until they had all their "jaw teeth". That's age two, when they get their last molars. When you look into it, you can find several HD websites and a study here or there showing that mumps infection is asymptomatic before two years. So those kids can catch it, but no one ever knows they had it because they never have symptoms.
 
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