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Panicking about ds2 not being vaccinated against mumps.......

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PuffTheMagicDragon Sat 14-May-05 23:28:08

We went down the separate jabs route with both ds1 and ds2.

Ds1 finally got his mumps jab a couple of months ago - nearly 2 years late.

I keep seeing report about a mumps epidemic and am v worried ds2 will catch it. The waiting list for his jab is not so long, but he will still have to wait until the latter part of this year according to Direct Health 2000.

Am I panicking unnecessarily?

Gobbledigook Sat 14-May-05 23:30:20

Not sure Puff - where are you? I heard on the news it was mainly 19-23 yr olds who were being affected. I also heard some doctor or other talking on the radio saying he couldn't understand why everyone was flapping about a relatively harmless disease.

Ds3 is only 8 months so not had his MMR yet and I must admit I'm not worrying about it (but uptake here is fairly high I think).

dinny Sat 14-May-05 23:31:08

how old is your ds2, Puff?

dinny Sat 14-May-05 23:31:47

even if he gets mumps, v unlikely to be anything but mild.

kama Sat 14-May-05 23:32:23

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PuffTheMagicDragon Sat 14-May-05 23:32:26

We're in West London gdk - I was ok about it until I saw a report on the BBC, that's when I started to worry.

Newbarnsleygirl Sat 14-May-05 23:33:29

When I went to work the other day I had to pick up a boy of 13 from a secure unit. Before he came to us a member of staff had to come and tell us that the other side of the unit had a few kids with mumps.

We're all ok but I wasn't aware that there was mumps epidemic.

PuffTheMagicDragon Sat 14-May-05 23:34:38

Dinny, he's 2 in July.

I think dh is making me worry more because he keeps talking about infertility as a side effect in males (which I know is possible, but it all keeps whirring around in my head).

Gobbledigook Sat 14-May-05 23:34:40

I think Mumps can lead to sterility in males can't it?? Think I'll try and keep exposure of ds3 to the outside world to a minimum! No more soft play areas for us.

Mind you, my cousin had mumps as a child and he has a child.

dinny Sat 14-May-05 23:34:50

Kama, your dd will be protected by your antibodies - that's why they don't MMR till over a year old - maternal anitbodies still circulate. Anyway, it's not that bad an illness.

Gobbledigook Sat 14-May-05 23:34:56

x posts Puff

PuffTheMagicDragon Sat 14-May-05 23:35:57

Perhaps some more people will come on mn tomorrow to shed more light on the BBC reports.

dinny Sat 14-May-05 23:37:27

Puff, only a worry in pubescent males (I think). fwiw I am not getting ds done (vaxed - with single mumps jab) till he's about 2. If he catches it before then, so be it (bet I don't think like that when it happens!!!!)

lockets Sat 14-May-05 23:39:04

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lockets Sat 14-May-05 23:39:32

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PuffTheMagicDragon Sat 14-May-05 23:39:51

Thanks dinny - I needed someone to put my mind at rest about it tonight .

dinny Sat 14-May-05 23:40:04

sterility not a worry till pubescent, I think (not sure though). Really, don't worry Puff. Chances are he won't get it anyway. It's nearly SUMMER!

PuffTheMagicDragon Sat 14-May-05 23:40:32

...and lockets .

Ok, off to bed.

night night xx.

Gobbledigook Sat 14-May-05 23:41:44

mumps

I feel better now too!

dinny Sat 14-May-05 23:42:19

Honestly, fecking BBC report - saw it too and would have been stressed had I not been through it with dd. The outbreak is in older males anyway (as Lockets says). Dimwits!

kama Sat 14-May-05 23:49:17

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dinny Sat 14-May-05 23:53:01

Kama, fwiw I can remember havimg mumps and not too bad (but then again am not pubescent male!)

I only ever worried about dd's measles' jab, tbh.

suedonim Sun 15-May-05 13:36:40

My boys both had mumps as they were born pre-MMR. A mild illness, no worse than any other childhood one and a lot less washing than the D&V bugs they used to get! Dh caught it from ds1 and he was quite poorly but we have two dd's to show that he suffered no long-lasting effects. Complications are very rare esp in children.

PS I remember my mum being furious when my grandad, who was supposed to be looking after us, let my bro and I play outside to make mud pies, when we both had mumps!

PuffTheMagicDragon Sun 15-May-05 16:10:11

Thanks seudonim, very reasurring .

Chandra Sun 15-May-05 16:14:31

Puff, we used Direct Health 2000, but at the time the waiting list was enormous (there used to be arestriction on the number of mumps veccines that could be imported per day into the UK). Now that that restriction is over, there are plenty of places where you can get it. We understand DH2000 is the bigger provider of SepVax, that's why the weiting list is enormous, but if you go to other more minor but reputable provider you can get it far sooner, sometimes within two weeks. HTH

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