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Single MMR without Mumps??

(14 Posts)
laurawantsababy Tue 22-Sep-09 17:54:48

The mumps single jab still isnt available with no date yet (if it ever will be)

Would you just have the other 2??

I have a daughter and my thoughts are that mumps is worse for boys then girls? I had it when I was younger and was fine after a few days.

Any thoughts? Should I just have the MMR?

Thanks smile

Sooty7 Tue 22-Sep-09 18:54:54

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laurawantsababy Tue 22-Sep-09 19:16:06

Thanks for that. I think if she was a boy I would think more seriously about it as it can do more damage for them.

I think I will go with the singles.

Sooty7 Tue 22-Sep-09 19:30:23

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laurawantsababy Tue 22-Sep-09 20:55:26

I thought it was a common side effect of mumps aswell.

Im not worried about dd getting mumps at all tbh. I had it and was ok. My sister had a few years ago when she was in her mid 20s and just had a really swollen neck and felt a bit off.

Thanks for the advice.

purplepansy Wed 23-Sep-09 09:33:37

I had mumps as a child - over an Easter weekend. It was absolute misery, mainly because I couldn't eat any of my eggs as I felt so rubbishsad. Why wouldn't you protect your child if you could? Although it is usually a mild illness, they'll still be ill - personally I'd rather stop my kids getting as many illnesses as I could. If I could vaccinate against the common cold, I'd be at the front of the queue. And there is a small, but not insignificant risk of meningitis with mumps. Have the MMR.

Sooty7 Wed 23-Sep-09 15:12:20

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MollieO Wed 23-Sep-09 15:15:26

You need to check whether the singles are for UK strains.

purplepansy Wed 23-Sep-09 15:52:32

I'd go for MMR every time - reduced number of injections, proven and widely researched safety record, and covers all three viruses. Quickly and effectively protects your child.
I'd disagree with the idea that some kinds of meningitis are not scary - I'd say that bacterial meningitis is mind numbling awfully terrifying, and viral meningitis very scary. And preventable...

Cut and pasted from Meningitis Research Foundation website:

The role of MMR vaccine in preventing meningitis:

Before MMR vaccine was introduced, mumps was the main cause of viral (or aseptic) meningitis - about 1,200 people (mainly children) in the UK were hospitalised each year with mumps. Most of these cases had meningitis. Mumps was also the most frequent cause of viral encephalitis.
Measles encephalitis occurs in approximately 1 in 1000 cases of measles infection and can be fatal.

purplepansy Wed 23-Sep-09 15:56:51 is a helpful american website (the NHS ones seem to have less info on)

pagwatch Wed 23-Sep-09 15:59:23


I am pleased that you are happy with the choices you have made and the reasons behind them.
I suspect that most people would agree with yopu which is fair enough. The MMR is safe for most children. Of course it is.

I would though ask if you could possibly ratchet down your "why wouldn't you" line. It is a touch aggressive and some of us on here have vaccine damaged children.
No vaccine is totally without risk.
Our children are in the minority and unusual but being shouted at about not vacciating siblings is a little wearing.

OP. There is a whole section on Vaccination. The MMR is often discovered there. You could have a look.

<<especially as Pag hides it and so does not need to read posts telling her how stupid she is grin>>

pagwatch Wed 23-Sep-09 16:02:07

ooops - discussed not discovered.

purplepansy Wed 23-Sep-09 16:12:00

I'm not shouting at anyone.

I can understand your choice not to vaccinate siblings of a child who has suffered permanent side effects of a vaccine.
I'm not going to say that I agree with it though - children are also harmed by the illnesses that vaccination prevents, and this is more common than children being harmed by vaccines.

This isn't really relevant to the OPs post though is it - she is deciding whether to have single vaccines without mumps versus MMR, not whether to vaccinate or not.

pagwatch Wed 23-Sep-09 16:20:52

But I didn't ask you to agree with my choice. ( and for what it is worth DDs paed and GP both believe she is at risk from vaccine so for her the vaccine is actually more dangerous than the illness. But I digress.)

I was just asking.
You are of course free to post in any way you like. Forget I mentioned it.

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