Greg Stern 
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Re: “No, Spokane's mumps outbreak is not proof that vaccines don't work

The fact that vaccinated students get mumps doesn't mean the vaccine isn't effective. From the CDC: "The mumps component of the MMR vaccine is about 88% (range: 66-95%) effective when a person gets two doses; one dose is about 78% (range: 49%92%) effective." That means a fully vaccinated (2-dose) group is 66-95% less likely to catch mumps after exposure than someone who is not immune. Saying that the vaccine doesn't work because people still get mumps is like saying seatbelts and airbags don't work because they are not 100% effective in preventing injury or death. It is expected that some vaccinated people exposed to mumps will get the disease. Also, a highly vaccinated group can get mumps if they have prolonged exposure to someone who is transmitting it. The larger the exposed group, the closer and longer the exposure, the more likely to have tranmission.

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Posted by Greg Stern on 01/16/2017 at 10:23 PM

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