Another Saturday Night Story: Mumps Epidemic


Saturday, April 01, 2006

Mumps Epidemic

The worst epidemic of Mumps in twenty years is being reported today in Iowa. They started vaccinating for the Mumps (MMR) in 1967. Few cases are reported yearly, but Iowa is now on the CDC radar. They say the strain could have been brought over, from Great Britain, by a college student, and spread from there.

For us old timers, before the vaccine available in 1967, you had the opportunity to go through the Mumps. I remember I was so sick. But, what I remember most was my sisters look like "Cabbage Patch Doll's", with their cheeks all swelled up.

Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches and swelling of the glands close to the jaw. It can cause serious complications, including meningitis, damage to the testicles and deafness. this infection attacks men so!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember when we lived on the cul-de-sac on Springdale off of Bee Street in Farmers Branch. Mom and Dad had a "new" green Plymouth stationwagon. The plymouth would vapor-lock in the Texas heat everytime we went anywhere. We all had the mumps. I was sicker than a dog. By the way, the dog was a black spaniel named Inky. Mom and I still laugh at the time we didn't have much money and said we could either have dinner or a payday candybar and go to the drive-in. We voted for the drive-in.