So spring breakers on South Padre Island in Texas are coming down with the mumps. Since the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine was introduced in 1967, we've stopped expecting these outbreaks.
But recent increases in those who choose to have their children forego vaccines has led to a loss of herd immunity and an increase in these outbreaks.
To further complicate the issue, it seems that immunity wanes with time, which is why many college students (hello spring break!) find themselves falling ill eight to ten years after their last booster at age 12 to 15.
Resources: Mumps at South Padre
Learn more about the Mumps and the Mumps vaccine from the CDC
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