No, Harvard’s Mumps Outbreak Doesn’t Mean Vaccines Are Bunk

Prefaced By Christopher Wyatt | TLB staff writer/documentary producer

With over 40 cases of MUMPS hitting the Harvard University campus it would be easy to blame the non vaccinated were it not for the fact that in almost, if not all cases the people contracting the mumps in the recent outbreak are vaccinated. The media is trying like hell to spin this as a normal failure of the vaccine and is claiming it is not a scandal totally ignoring that fact that the scientist Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, filed a whistleblower lawsuit in 2010 claiming MERCK had falsified data regarding the effectiveness of the mumps vaccine. The media also seems to be over focusing on the Harvard University outbreak and ignoring that a much larger outbreak is occurring across the United States. Indiana has at least 93 cases of mumps this year. Similar outbreaks are occuring in Iowa, Colorado, and other states.

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No, Harvard’s Mumps Outbreak Doesn’t Mean Vaccines Are Bunk

by Sarah Zhang

Oh college—those halcyon days of young love, bong hits, and communicable diseases. You know, because packing students into dorms and dining halls and frat parties is a great way to facilitate social interaction and spread viruses. At Harvard, a recent mumps out break has gotten more 40 students sick just a few weeks before commencement.

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2 Comments on No, Harvard’s Mumps Outbreak Doesn’t Mean Vaccines Are Bunk

  1. Shawn, I think you are 100% correct the ones catching the mumps are lucky because they are gaining lifelong immunity along with the benefits that come along with it.

  2. Actually, the Harvard outbreak means some of the vaccinated kids lucked out – despite the vaccine they were able to mount the full, traditional constellation of mumps symptoms, which has been shown to correlate to lower probability of ovarian cancer in women, and very likely testicular cancer in men. The sobering questions are how many students developed a mumps infection, without the attendant parotitis; could they then surreptitiously infect others; and what effect will a subclinical case of the disease have on them later in life.

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