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As a child of the seventies, will I have been vacinated against mumps?

(43 Posts)
TheInnerSea Fri 25-Jan-13 13:59:07

Mums says I had everything she was offered, but can't remember. I know it was before MMR, but not sure if there was a single vaccine offered as standard then.

nickelbabe Fri 25-Jan-13 14:00:09

i was and i was born in 76.

MrsMcEnroe Fri 25-Jan-13 14:08:28

I was born in 72 and I wasn't. I did catch mumps when I was a child and it wasn't very nice!

TheInnerSea Fri 25-Jan-13 14:18:29

Oh dear, not what I wanted to hear. 1970 here and there's been a child in the school where I work who's had "swollen glands" for the last 7 days, now diagnosed as mumps. She is apparently vaccinated, which is why she hasn't actually been unwell.

badguider Fri 25-Jan-13 14:20:44

i was born in 1976 in scotland and wasn't though my parents did accept everything offered. i had it at about 8ish.

PseudoBadger Fri 25-Jan-13 14:22:36

I was born in 80 and I wasn't.

AndBingoWasHisNameOh Fri 25-Jan-13 14:24:36

I was given everything available and wasn't vaxed for mumps. You sure you didn't get it as a child? It can sometimes be quite mild.

meditrina Fri 25-Jan-13 14:29:31

There was no licenced mumps vaccine on NHS in UK before MMR was rolled out in 1988.

So unless you were overseas, or your family had a private doctor, it's unlikely you'll have been immunised.

nagynolonger Fri 25-Jan-13 14:37:51

I don't think you would have been OP.

My eldest was born in 1980 and didn't catch mumps naturally. I remember being quite concerned that he might catch it as an adult. He did have the MMR eventually. There was a big catch-up of school children. Whole school years were given the MMR. I think it was done to stop measles and rubella spreading mainly. I can't remember the year but doubt if someone born in 1970 would have been included.

PseudoBadger Fri 25-Jan-13 14:40:20

I've never caught it as far as I know. Would I be in for a nasty illness if I got it as an adult?

CMOTDibbler Fri 25-Jan-13 14:43:38

1972 and I wasn't. DH had mumps 6 years ago which wasn't pleasant

TattyCatty Fri 25-Jan-13 14:47:22

1972 as well, and had mumps at the age of 12, so I guess that I wasn't vaccinated. I missed the Measles jab as well (according to my mum, I was always poorly when she got the appointments through and then she never got round to it hmm. When there was the recent outbreak of measles, I asked if I could be given the MMR but was told that there was no funding in our PCT for adults to be vaccinated.

TheInnerSea Fri 25-Jan-13 15:58:51

Don't think I've had it, Mum's sure I didn't and I know the only time I had off school in my whole school career was 7 days when I had chicken pox.

WOHM with no family nearby, so I guessI could have been sent to school with it,but can't have been very ill

TrinityRhino Fri 25-Jan-13 16:00:32

I was born in 1978 and I clearly remember being ill with the mumps

TheInnerSea Fri 25-Jan-13 16:24:12

Oh well,guess it's wait and see then. How likely am I to get it?

stargirl1701 Fri 25-Jan-13 23:36:54

I was born late 70s and I was.

stargirl1701 Fri 25-Jan-13 23:37:17

I was in Canada though.

Sarahplane Fri 25-Jan-13 23:42:18

I was born in 85 and wasn't vaccinated. mum thought I had been but it turned out I'd had the mr quite a few times but never the mmr. only found out when I cought mumps while pregnant with dd. it's not fun. I hope you haven't caught it.

duchesse Fri 25-Jan-13 23:57:45

I was born in 1968 and was vaccinated against mumps and measles. I think there was a big campaign in about 1972-3. I've never had either so it must have worked.

My parents were against vaccination for whooping cough due to known issues with and I got WC in 1977, then rubella in 1978 (to which I still have excellent immunity).

Fanjango Sat 26-Jan-13 00:00:34

Born 1973. I caught the mumps at age 4.5 so I guess I was not vaccinated.

sashh Sat 26-Jan-13 07:10:56


You can have MMR as an adult, might be worth it. Too late if you already have it though

digerd Sat 26-Jan-13 12:32:49

I was not vacinated against mumps < born too long ago>, but did get it aged 16. I wasn't ill, just hurt my mouth/jaw when trying to stuff my mouth full of food- so was more annoyed than anything.
Went to GPs on my own, and he found a lump at back of ear lobe/top of side neck. Told me I was infectious and to stay indoors for 2 weeks. So long ago, can't remember if he prescribed me antibiotics or not.

digerd Sat 26-Jan-13 12:36:26

We didn't need appts in those days.

digerd Sat 26-Jan-13 12:39:10

My unvacintated parents and younger sis did not get it - only me.

MousyMouse Sat 26-Jan-13 12:44:40

I was. '75.
but I have an international vaccination document , so all vaccs are documented in there.

1972, had mumps aged 5 or 6 (judging by age of DB 'looking after' me in photo, aw) so obviously hadn't been vaccinated.

fuzzpig Sat 26-Jan-13 16:02:48

DH didn't but when there was a local outbreak a few years back we went to the GP and since we hadn't had DCs yet they gave him the vaccine because of the risk mumps poses to fertility.

fuzzpig Sat 26-Jan-13 16:03:42

Sorry for lengthy not punctuated sentence there blush

MirandaWest Sat 26-Jan-13 16:04:30

I wasn't - was born in 1975. From what I remember, girls had rubella injection and boys had mumps injection.

MirandaWest Sat 26-Jan-13 16:05:34

There must have been a separate measles injection.

Wonder what my sister (born 1983) had.

ggirl Sat 26-Jan-13 16:11:49

My dd had mumps this past november..she caught it from a housemate at uni.
She was born 1991 and is fully vaccinated with mmr as was housemate ..weirdly.
She came home to kindly spread it to us but none of us caught it thankfully.

She was mildly ill. Very swollen face (think Bo Selecta) but only felt unwell the day prior to glands swelling.

magimedi Sat 26-Jan-13 16:26:33

I had mumps as an adult & I can't remember 2 days of it, I felt SO ill.

If you can be vaccinated as an adult I certainly would.

mercibucket Sun 27-Jan-13 09:49:44

The mumps vaccine doesn't work very well - around 60 percent of people who are vaccinated will get immunity. The idea is that the second vaccine will catch those who didn't get immunity from the first, but I guess it is possible to slip through the net

I really don't think it was on the nhs list of vaccines in the 70s or even early 80s.

EuroShagmore Sun 27-Jan-13 09:56:51

I was born in 76 and wasn't. I got a mild case as a child. I don't remember it being as bad as measles, German measles or chicken pox!

louisianablue2000 Sun 27-Jan-13 09:59:41

1971, I wasn't, neither were my brothers who both got mumps as children. I have never had it despite being exposed repeatedly as a child. As an adult it is serious for men, it can affect fertility. Not sure about the effect on adult women. I have assumed that since I didn't get it when my brothers or my best friend got it I probably have some native immunity (or have had such a mild case that no-one noticed). Like you chicken pox is the only thing I remember having as a child, I've never had measles either. Had the rubella vaccination as a teenager, back in the day when only girls got it.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 27-Jan-13 10:00:12

Born in 79 and only had measles jab. Had mumps and rubella naturally

Hulababy Sun 27-Jan-13 10:04:15

Born in 1973 but don't think so. I did have mumps as a young child - Christmas Day too sad - so assume hve immunity through that.

Mind, dd had all her jabs but a couple of days after mmr she became really poorly. Because it was her time of mmr scare no one took me seriously!!! But after lots of checks since it would appear she most likely had measles and it was a case of sheer coincidence. There was a measles outbreak at that time.

looks like there was no mumps vaccine prior to the MMR being introduced in 1988, just measles and rubella:

*MMR was introduced in the UK in 1988. Prior to this, children were given single measles and rubella vaccines only – there was no licensed mumps vaccine available at that time. Before MMR was introduced, most people living in the UK were exposed to circulating mumps by the age of 6 years. Therefore, people born before 1982 are likely to have been exposed naturally.

*A second dose of MMR was introduced to the pre-school booster in 1996 and so children born since around 1992 will have had two doses. There has never been a policy to offer this vaccine in schools. In theory, this leaves a group of children/adolescents aged from about 12 to 22, who are unlikely to have been exposed naturally and who may not have received any MMR vaccine at all or only one dose. However, in practice national and local data show an increase in cases in those born between 1980 and 1992.

My brother had mumps as a teenager as did several others of a similar age (was born 1984). I remember my sister having mumps one Christmas too when she was a child (was born 1977). I dont think I've had mumps though (born 1973)

notcitrus Sun 27-Jan-13 10:26:42

I avoided all the childhood diseases (except whooping cough as I couldn't be given that vaccine, so had it all through the long hot summer of 76. My parents are still traumatic.).
So when I kept being told that breastfeeding would pass measles antibodies to ds so I needn't worry about him being too young for MMR in the middle of an epidemic, I asked how that worked if I'd never had measles nor vaccine. After some phone calls I was advised to have MMR myself - very glad I did as when pregnant with dd a child at measles and staff were told to call all parents to ensure pregnant women stayed away if they hadn't had it.

duchesse Sun 27-Jan-13 10:31:24

There was a vaccine called MMVax produced by Merck (I googled). I know I was immunised against it at about 4 and my sister and I certainly didn't get the mumps even when our younger siblings did.

Fuzzymum1 Wed 30-Jan-13 12:44:16

I was born in '69 and still clearly rememeber the pain of having mumps when I was about 7. For years afterwards I would get siilar pain when my mouth watered and especially if I ate cheese - it may have been unconnected but it felt the same to me as a child, LOL

slug Wed 30-Jan-13 12:59:51

Not that I want to worry you, but I had an adult case of mumps a few years ago. I was very ill and hospitalised with it.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 30-Jan-13 13:05:28

I was born in 76 and didn't. Had mumps as a kid.

My brother got mumps as an adult last year. Not sure if he had it as a child, I'd have thought so if I did.

When dd had single vaccines though she didn't get the mumps one. Dr said the mumps vaccine is only effective for 10-15 years and then wears off. He said it would be better if she got mumps as a child as her immunity as an adult would be better.

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