As the rampant reports of MMR vaccination failure continue, the mumps portion continues to fail at the college level at an alarming rate this year. The high profile Harvard epidemic has run through the 100% “well-vaccinated” population at that school at an epidemic level, causing a well know infectious disease specialist to acknowledge that the vaccine offers very little protection versus any type of direct contact with the virus.
Dr. Amesh Adalja, a highly respected infectious-disease specialist, states mumps vaccination may be sufficient to protect vaccinated individuals from low-level exposure to the virus. However, if one is exposed to high levels of the virus, vaccination may not be enough.
Translation: your vaccination will work as long as you are not exposed to the virus.
Now another university, Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska is reporting 10 vaccinated students have contacted the virus.
According to a press release from DHHS, those involved in the Midland outbreak received two doses of the MMR vaccine on schedule. “A third dose is not routinely advised but has been administered during larger outbreaks, as seen recently in Iowa and Indiana. At this point aggressive isolation is recommended for symptomatic persons for five days after symptom onset,” the release said.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services figures show the state averaged less than three cases a year since 2011 but has 12 already this year. After watching the Harvard epidemic run its course, Midland seems to be taking the more practical policy of encouraging students to avoid contact should they suffer vaccine failure, rather than continuing the push the ineffective vaccine.
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