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Ds2 is immune to measles but not mumps

(9 Posts)
Branleuse Thu 18-Apr-13 13:10:24

I wouldnt bother just for mumps

bumbleymummy Thu 18-Apr-13 12:40:56

Here is some info for you. Based on that, I think it would be sensible to test for immunity in all boys coming up to puberty, even if they have had 2 doses of the MMR. It's more of a risk in post-pubescent males so if immunity is waning then they are being left vulnerable at the wrong time.

bumbleymummy Thu 18-Apr-13 12:34:55

Just wanted to point out that mumps is the least effective component of the MMR. There is no guarantee that he will be protected after the second dose either. confused

bumbleymummy Thu 18-Apr-13 12:29:49

You could check his immunity again when he's older and then if he's still not immune consider getting the single mumps (which may be available again) or the MMR. Over 30% of mumps cases are completely asymptomatic and, as AuntieS says, serious complications are very rare - particularly in children. It's really up to you! Some parents do delay the mumps vaccine until closer to puberty anyway.

AuntieStella Thu 18-Apr-13 11:49:39

Well, your choices are to get a single jab privately, get the MMR, or leave him unvaccinated.

There really is little to no prospect of a major policy reversal to re-license the single measles/rubella vax, let alone licensing a single mumps jab for the first time.

The really serious complications of mumps are rare, but there is also orchitis (which can lead to infertility). So you might want to consider getting it done before puberty.

Wotme Thu 18-Apr-13 11:35:24

Does anyone have any advice?

Wotme Wed 17-Apr-13 19:34:11

Oh bum... So he has to have the MMR anyway?
That's mad!

Or shoud we wait till he's older and the vaccine night be available?

ClaraOswald Wed 17-Apr-13 19:01:30

There is no available single mumps vaccine.

Wotme Wed 17-Apr-13 19:00:09

He's had one MMR
He's 7 yrs old.
We got the blood tests done last week.
Now what?!

I didn't want to give him an unnecessary vaccine so we had his immunity tested.

Does he need a mumps vaccine now? Or can we wait till he's a bit older?
Will NHS give a mumps on its own?

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