Since the release of a vaccine in 1967, mumps went from being a widespread childhood illness to a mere afterthought for most Americans. But a recent resurgence of the disease indicates that mumps is still a threat in the U.S. In this podcast, Al Barskey discusses the recent outbreak of mumps. Created: 12/24/2009 by MMWR.
Date Released: 12/24/2009. Series Name: A Cup of Health with CDC.
A CUP OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Mumps Makes a Comeback
Mumps Outbreak — New York, New Jersey, Quebec, 2009
Recorded: November 24, 2009, posted December 24, 2009
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Since the release of a vaccine in 1967, mumps went from being a widespread childhood illness to
a mere afterthought for most Americans. But a recent resurgence of the disease indicates that
mumps is still a threat in the U.S.
Al Barskey is an epidemiologist with CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory
Diseases. He’s joining us today to discuss the recent outbreak of mumps. Welcome to the show,
[Mr. Barskey] Hi, Bob. Thank you for having me.
[Dr. Gaynes] Al, what’s the cause of the recent resurgence in mumps cases?
[Mr. Barskey] Well, Bob, we’re not really sure, but we think it has to do with the protection of
the vaccine wearing off after a certain period of time.
[Dr. Gaynes] So, is mumps more common now in any particular age group or region?
[Dr. Barskey] Well, mumps traditionally was a disease that affected young children, but now
we’re seeing more and more cases in teenagers and young adults.
[Dr. Gaynes] How effective is the mumps vaccine?
[Mr. Barskey] One dose is 80 percent effective and two doses is 90 percent effective.
[Dr. Gaynes] Al, what are the symptoms of mumps?
[Mr. Barskey] The most common symptom of mumps is swelling of the salivary glands in the
cheeks – it makes you look kind of like a chipmunk. Also fever, loss of appetite, and just not
[Dr. Gaynes] What should a person do if they think they might have mumps?
[Mr. Barskey] The first thing you want do is contact your healthcare provider. He or she may
want to do a blood test or a throat culture to confirm the diagnosis. You would also want to stay
away from anyone who may be susceptible to mumps, such as young children.
[Dr. Gaynes] Al, how often should a person get the mumps vaccine?
[Mr. Barskey] The current recommendation is two doses. The first at 12 to15 months of age; the
second at four to six years of age, just before entering kindergarten. Although we’re seeing more
and more cases in people who have received two doses of the mumps vaccine, there’s currently
no recommendation for a third booster dose.
[Dr. Gaynes] Al, where can listeners get more information about mumps?
[Dr. Gaynes] Thanks, Al. I’ve been talking today with CDC’s Al Barskey about the recent
resurgence in mumps cases. Remember, vaccination is still the best way to prevent mumps.
Check with your healthcare provider to ensure that you and your children are up-to-date on the
Until next time, be well. This is Dr. Robert Gaynes for A Cup of Health with CDC.
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