Mumps Outbreak at a Summer Camp
Ok. 96% vaccination coverage and we still get an “outbreak.” While I understand the mumps, in a small percentage of patients, can be serious, there are times we need to step back and evaluate our thirst for vaccination. In this case, the mumps vaccine did little to protect the people at this summer camp. So, a procedure that has potential serious ramifications (as evidenced by Dr. Wakefield’s work on MMR vaccination and autism) and is forced onto a population in the name of public health, may actually do little to truly protect those it is given to. Just how screwed up is that?