Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sometimes the vaccine has a good memory and sometimes it doesn't---WTF???

I love how the vaccine for mumps has been shown not to work, yet they are still making excuses for people to take it. I think these idiots think we are all stupid too to notice so they just make it up as they go along.

Below is one of the worst excuses I have seen so far pushing the mumps vaccine and I am posting it partly as a joke because of how stupidly written it is, I mean you would think if they wanted to convince people they would come up with something better than "Sometimes the vaccine has a good memory and sometimes it doesn't" I mean really, WTF???

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http://media.www.easternprogress.com/media/storage/paper419/news/2008/04/17/News/Vaccinated.College.Students.May.Not.Be.Immune.To.Mumps-3329813.shtml

Vaccinated college students may not be immune to mumps

By: Kristen Miller
Posted: 4/17/08
You might remember getting that physical examination before you could start middle school. You might have images of a white-shirted nurse with unpleasantly cold hands, or still be able to taste the tongue depressor shoving your mouth open as you said "aah."

But when you think back to the medical tests you had to take before advancing to middle school, you might not think about getting your MMR shot-because once you have been vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella, you never have to think about them again.

However, after a mumps outbreak struck a college campus in Iowa and spread to other midwestern states, people might have a good reason to start thinking again.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, of the 6,600 people who came down with the virus, the majority of infected were college students, according to the Associated Press. Further, 84 percent of college students who developed mumps received the two required mumps shots when they were younger, according to the article.

Dr. Pradeep Bose of Health Services said the shot is required twice, once at 15 months of age and one more dose before middle school.

Mumps is a virus that mainly affects the ovaries and testicles and may lead to infertility, Bose said. The virus can display symptoms such as swollen salivary glands, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

So why would a vaccine designed to stave off such a serious virus simply stop working by college?

Bose said it doesn't necessarily mean the vaccine was bad. The immune system might respond to the vaccination - which introduces manageable amounts of the virus into the body - very quickly and then wear off, he said.

When the immunity fades and the body doesn't recognize the virus, it's called a wild virus, Bose said.

Memory is important when it comes to the immune system fighting off a virus. Sometimes the vaccine has a good memory and sometimes it doesn't, Bose said. It all depends on the virus and vaccine.

Also, Bose said, the mumps virus is not some random sickness that strikes out of nowhere.

"The mumps virus is not dead; It's there," he said. Even though you may not see many cases of it, people still get the virus.

The mumps outbreak in 2006 started on an Iowa campus, according to the Associated Press article, and was a new viral strain that wasn't targeted by the original vaccine. Bose said Eastern is prepared to deal with an outbreak on campus if it happens.

Right now, Health Services offers MMR shots. But it isn't a requirement in Kentucky that college students get the shots before coming to school unless they are going into programs such as nursing or physical therapy where students have to be in close contact with people on a daily basis.

Bose said right now there are faculty members working to make it a requirement for college students to get the two shots before coming to school.

"I would recommend that strongly," Bose said.

One reason the virus may have spread quickly on the Iowa campus - and why college students are more susceptible to the virus-is because of the way college students live, Bose said.

"Lifestyle makes them at high risk," Bose said. College students live in close proximity to each other in dorms and are likely to share items such as drinking glasses, make-up and cigarettes.

But Bose said if the majority of college students are vaccinated, it creates "herd immunity" and the virus won't be as widespread.

Right now Dr. Bose doesn't know when - or if - there will be a requirement for students to get the vaccine for mumps before college. He is working with other faculty to get the proposal approved by the "higher up."

"It goes through a winding process," Bose said.

The MMR vaccine is offered in health services for $45.