Measles & Mumps

May 07, 2017

Measles & Mumps: Still a Problem?

May 7, 2017

There was a time when getting the measles and mumps was a part of growing up. But widespread vaccination changed that. Or did it? Do recent outbreaks of these diseases mean that they are staging a comeback? In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Science Center pediatric medicine expert Dr. Monique Mills answers questions about measles and mumps.


  1. We are hearing reports about outbreaks of measles and mumps in Texas. Why?
  2. Discuss measles and mumps. What are they, what causes them and what are the symptoms?
  3. At what age should children receive the MMR -- or measles, mumps, rubella vaccine?
  4. For some perspective, how many cases are we talking about in connection with an "outbreak" as compared to the frequency of these diseases before vaccines were available?
  5. There was a study nearly 20 years ago from Great Britain - since discredited -- that connected the MMR vaccine to increased risk for autism. Does this discredited study still have an impact on parents' decisions to vaccinate their children?
  6. What are the potential dangers attendant to not vaccinating chidren for measles and mumps?
  7. If someone isn't vaccinated for measles and mumps, does that individual pose a risk to others in the community who have been vaccinated? Or does the vaccine provide complete protection?
  8. Is there a need to develop a booster vaccination for measles and mumps for adults?
  9. What about those who have actually had measles and mumps? Is 'lifetime immunity' really good for a lifetime?
  10. If we continue to hear about measles and mumps in the news, should we be concerned?

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