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tangentgirl2012-01-12 05:20:34 +0000 #1
1952 just called. It wants its weird diseases back.

It looks like my sister has the mumps. I just spent half of last night in the ER with her. She had what she thought was a very swollen lymph node, size of a walnut. Went to the urgent care in the am and they gave her antibiotics. By dinnertime the swelling had about quadrupled. Since you don't want to mess around with lymph nodes, infections, and swelling about the head and neck, we went on a little field trip.

Folks at the ER said that she was the 4th person in there with that yesterday! Apparently, the MMR vaccine doesn't always keep working.

Luckily, mumps is swollen salivary glands, and what I've been reading about it sounds less dangerous than a lymph node infection. The later could indicate all kinds of horrible problems, so I'll (well she will) take the mumps over that. This is very painful, and the poor girl looks like a chipmunk, but it also looks like something that will just run its course and not cause long-term issues.

I'm a little worried about catching it, since my bf and I drove her to the hospital, and then I hung out in the room with her. It takes a couple of weeks to get it. Yikes.

I've never even heard of anyone getting the mumps. Have you?


Veronica2012-01-12 05:26:17 +0000 #2
My last tetanus shot also had a vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella included in it. Maybe they started doing that because they are making a comeback.

Veronica
Tokie2012-01-12 05:54:04 +0000 #3
Are you sure Veronica? I thought it was just DPT (Diptheria,Pertussis and Tetanus) in one shot. tokie
Veronica2012-01-12 05:47:34 +0000 #4
You know I really thought she said it was MMR. But my research makes me think I was wrong.

Maybe it was the pertussis that convinced me to get a tetanus booster last year. Even though I had one in 2007 after my bike accident.

You know, teaching ten year olds you want to make sure you don't get any of those childhood diseases.

Veronica
Tokie2012-01-12 06:54:29 +0000 #5
If you are of (possible) childbearing age, I think a negative pregnancy test might be required to receive the MMR, as the rubella component could affect the fetus. (as rubella infection itself can cause birth defects) tokie
tangentgirl2012-01-12 07:04:22 +0000 #6
If I was exposed and got another shot today, it wouldn't help. However, next time I'm at my doctor's, I'm definitely going to ask about this business of vaccines wearing off and see if I need to get new shots. Yeesh.
Biciclista2012-01-12 07:32:45 +0000 #7
a lot of these diseases crop up. but yes,my sister got it when she was about 6, and I was 8, exposed and never got it. Of course this was in the early 1960's

What i noticed is that they seem NASTIER now than they did back when i was a kid. everyone i knew had chickenpox,but when my sons got it, it was a much more serious ailment, laying them both flat for a week.

i hope your sister is ok...
goldfinch2012-01-12 07:27:19 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by tangentgirl

I'm a little worried about catching it, since my bf and I drove her to the hospital, and then I hung out in the room with her. It takes a couple of weeks to get it. Yikes.

I've never even heard of anyone getting the mumps. Have you?

I was a kid before there was a mumps vaccine so I had it as a child. I also gave it to a number of relatives, including my uncle. Then end result is that my uncle was sterile afterwards. Rare complication though and I can't be absolutely sure that the mumps was the cause.

However, I do understand that about half of men who get mumps have testicle swelling that can be very painful.

My other recollection is that some cases of mumps can develop into meningitis. And some can result in hearing loss. I that going deaf from mumps is rare but it was one of the scary things from back in my childhood.

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