Vaccinations needed to fight future mumps outbreaks

A recent study suggested that more vaccinations are required in order to prevent future outbreaks of the mumps.

The study, which was published in The Journal Of Infectious Diseases, argues that efforts to limit the spread of the mumps must be maintained and extended, ScienceBlog.com reports.
The study examined different groups for the amount of mumps resistant antibodies in the blood. The findings revealed that among the oldest group surveyed, mumps antibodies were found in roughly 92 to 93 percent. This group, born between 1949 and 1966, was old enough to have contracted mumps in childhood.
Among those born between 1967 and 1976, ScienceBlog.com reports, antibodies to mumps were found in only roughly 85 percent of people. Concern was expressed that this number was not enough to develop a sufficient herd immunity to the disease.
Herd immunity, or the ability of unvaccinated individuals to avoid infection by being part of a large vaccinated population, was seen as key to preventing a mumps outbreak. Within this approach, unvaccinated people may still avoid mumps if the greater population is vaccinated at a high percentage.
Obtaining and maintaining a critical level of herd immunity was viewed as critical to preventing future outbreaks.
Mumps is a contagious viral infection. Once very common, it had been brought to manageable conditions by a widely distributed vaccine.