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The New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed eight cases of mumps among students at the Stevens Institution of Technology.
All eight students had been vaccinated twice with a mumps vaccine, according to multiple media reports. Attendance at the university requires student have “full vaccinations,” including vaccination for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the mumps vaccine is 95 percent effective at preventing the disease.
This only the most recent in a string of mumps outbreaks among vaccinated individuals. In February, 13 cases were diagnosed at Fordham University. Fordham also requires students be fully immunized.
On April 2, Fox News reported that 116 Ohio State University students or people connected to the school had contracted mumps. Of those infected, only three had been confirmed as not having received the vaccination.
Spokesman Jose Rodriguez of the Columbus, Ohio, Health Department is quoted as saying that 10 percent to 20 percent of the population is vulnerable to the mumps even they have received the MMR vaccine.
Notice how they play fast and loose with the figures. The CDC claims the vaccine is 95 percent effective. Rodriguez says it’s 80 percent to 90 percent effective.
So which is it?
According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, it’s likely neither. The Journal did a study on the 2009 New England mumps outbreak and found that 97 percent of those 3,502 children who developed mumps had been vaccinated according to government guidelines, 89 percent of them twice.
This means it’s likely that rather than providing increased protection against the mumps, the vaccine actually lowered the immune system of those who had two vaccines and increased their likelihood of contracting the disease.
Additionally, the MMR vaccine has been linked to autism and gastrointestinal disorders in children.