The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Subscribers: Log in to read full issue.  Not a subscriber?  Subscribe or purchase issue.
Mumps Outbreak

An outbreak of mumps has occurred among students at Fordham University in New York. All of those who developed mumps had been vaccinated against the disease.

RECENT OUTBREAKS — Mumps outbreaks in the US have occurred predominantly in vaccinated older teenagers and young adults who are ≥10 years past their last measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination. Primary vaccine failure, close living conditions such as in college dormitories, and waning immunity could be contributing factors. The relatively low incidence in older people could be due to a lower level of exposure or superior immunity from natural infection. In an outbreak in New York in 2009-2010, most of the cases occurred in persons who had previously received 2 doses of MMR vaccine; post-exposure prophylaxis with a third dose of the vaccine was followed by a rapid decline in the incidence of disease. ... more      

The Medical Letter is a subscriber-funded nonprofit organization that publishes critical appraisals of new prescription drugs and comparative reviews of drugs for common diseases.

Would you like to read the rest of this issue?  Gain access below.

Subscriptions to The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics include:
  • Print version published and mailed biweekly (26 issues/year)
  • Unlimited online access to current and past issues (1988 - present)
  • Mobile App for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire
  • FREE online per issue CME/CE
Purchase this issue:
Title: Issue 1438
 Downloadable, electronic issue - $45

Gain access through your organization
Ask your librarian to consider an Institutional Subscription to The Medical Letter.
Recommend to your librarian