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Mumps Outbreak at OSU, Why Now? Doctors Talk Vaccinations
DAYTON -- More than two dozen students at The Ohio State University are battling the mumps and some of them are from the Miami Valley.
It's Lilianna's one-year check-up with Dr. David Roer at Pediatric Associates of Dayton.
"Not going to be a fun day, we're going to get (vaccinations for) the measles, the MMR, chicken pox, hepatitis, meningitis," explained Dr. Roer in the exam room.
"I'm hearing stories about things coming back. Heard about measles coming back, so I don't want to risk that for her," said Mary Calvert, Lilianna's mother.
She also heard about the incidents of mumps at Ohio State. But what about the vaccination for this 1960s-era virus?
"Protection from even two vaccines isn't 100%. We wish it was and it wasn't. It's better than a single vaccine," said Dr. Sherman Alter, the Director of Infectious Disease with Dayton Children's.
"It's unusual to get an outbreak of mumps, especially with the vaccinations that are going around, but once you get mumps, it's not uncommon in close quarters like dorms or frat houses to spread the disease pretty quickly," said Dr. Roer, who treated one of the OSU students infected in his office yesterday.
Roer said the symptoms for mumps are soreness, tenderness, fever, and exhaustion.
Dr. Roer fears with so many families skeptical of vaccinations and deciding to forgo them, we'll see more of these old diseases and viruses resurface.
"We did some reading on it. I think it's a hard decision, we have a lot of friends who are on the other side of the decision but I want to keep her protected from everything," said Calvert.
Many parents are skeptical of vaccines, especially the MMR because a doctor linked it with autism a few years back. He has since lost his license because researchers found the data was falsified and his research was fake. Most doctors will strongly encourage parents to get their kids vaccinated.
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