• Reuters) - Some 63 cases of mumps have been reported in Ohio in an outbreak that started at Ohio State University in Columbus but has spread to people without ties to the school - a "disturbing development," say public health officials. (chicagotribune.com)
  • Nov 1 (Reuters) - A face-to-face educational method used among Orthodox Jews apparently led to a U.S. outbreak of mumps in 2009 and 2010 even though most of those infected had been properly vaccinated, according to a U.S. study. (chicagotribune.com)
  • The outbreak, detailed in the New England Journal of Medicine, indicates how close, repeated contact with an infected person can overwhelm the mumps vaccine, the researchers said. (chicagotribune.com)
  • It claims that the degraded quality of the Merck vaccine played a role in a 2006 mumps outbreak in the Midwest, and in another outbreak in 2009. (courthousenews.com)
  • Officials say the mumps outbreak that started in central Ohio in January has reached 342 cases, mostly in Franklin County. (wdtn.com)
  • As the measles outbreak at Disneyland continues to grow, many are wondering how we can increase cooperation between parents and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) vaccine program. (all.org)
  • In our outbreak it did substantially decrease the risk of other students getting mumps, and was instrumental in stopping the outbreak. (vaxxter.com)
  • PHILADELPHIA (CN) - Merck has known for a decade that its mumps vaccine is "far less effective" than it tells the government, and it falsified test results and sold millions of doses of "questionable efficacy," flooding and monopolizing the market, a primary caregiver claims in a federal antitrust class action. (courthousenews.com)
  • Chatom says in its antitrust complaint that Merck falsely claims its mumps vaccine is 95 percent effective. (courthousenews.com)
  • Merck is the only manufacturer licensed by the FDA to sell the mumps vaccine in United States, and if it could not show that the vaccine was 95 percent effective, it risked losing its lucrative monopoly, according to the complaint. (courthousenews.com)
  • And, Chatom claims, that's why Merck went to great lengths, including "manipulating its test procedures and falsifying the test results," to prop up the bogus figure, though it knew that the attenuated virus from which it created the vaccine had been altered over the years during the manufacturing process, and that the quality of the vaccine had degraded as a result. (courthousenews.com)
  • Under Protocol 007, Merck did not test the vaccine's ability to protect children against a "wild-type" mumps virus, which is "the type of real-life virus against which vaccines are generally tested," the complaint states. (courthousenews.com)
  • Reuters) - Two former Merck & Co Inc scientists accusing the drugmaker of falsifying tests of its exclusive mumps vaccine said in a court filing on Monday that Merck is refusing to respond to questions about the efficacy of the vaccine. (reuters.com)
  • Attorneys at Constantine Cannon, who represent the scientists, asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynne Sitarski of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to compel Merck to respond to their discovery request, which asks the company to give the efficacy of the vaccine as a percentage. (reuters.com)
  • Merck should not be permitted to raise as one of its principal defenses that its vaccine has a high efficacy, which is accurately represented on the product's label, but then refuse to answer what it claims that efficacy actually is," the letter said. (reuters.com)
  • The two scientists, Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, filed their whistleblower lawsuit in 2010 claiming Merck, the only company licensed by the Food and Drug Administration to sell a mumps vaccine in the United States, skewed tests of the vaccine by adding animal antibodies to blood samples. (reuters.com)
  • As a result, they said, Merck was able to produce test results showing that the vaccine was 95 percent effective, even though more accurate tests would have shown a lower success rate. (reuters.com)
  • The plaintiffs said these false results kept competitors from trying to produce their own mumps vaccines, since they were unable to match the effectiveness Merck claimed. (reuters.com)
  • Who would have thought that Merck would try to stonewall an investigation into the real efficacy of their mumps vaccine? (abovetopsecret.com)
  • They claim their mumps vaccine is 95% effective, and the former Merck scientists who became whistleblowers are saying this is not true. (abovetopsecret.com)
  • Merck rigged the results to make it look like their vaccines is 95% effective when it isn't. (abovetopsecret.com)
  • Two former Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) employees have sued the company in federal court alleging Merck overstated the effectiveness of a mumps vaccine for which the U.S. government paid hundreds of millions of dollars. (jetsinsider.com)
  • Merck introduced the first vaccine 45 years ago, and since the 1970s it's been part of a combination product that also immunizes children against rubella and measles. (jetsinsider.com)
  • According to the lawsuit--filed by former Merck virologists Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski--the company allegedly defrauded the U.S. for more than a decade by hiding the fact the vaccine had become less effective. (jetsinsider.com)
  • 'It's important to understand that none of the allegations in the complaint relate to the safety of M-M-R II'--the vaccine in question -- 'and we remain confident that M-M-R II helps protect against measles, mumps and rubella as described in the labeling for the vaccine,' Merck said in a statement. (jetsinsider.com)
  • Merck doesn't specifically break out sales for the vaccine, but the company reported combined U.S. sales of $1.1 billion last year for that product and two other childhood vaccines. (jetsinsider.com)
  • The single-dose measles and mumps vaccines, which Merck discontinued in 2009, were a great option for parents who have religious objections to the rubella vaccine. (all.org)
  • Perhaps if concerned parents informed Merck of their objection to the use of human embryos in the development of vaccines, we could encourage more research on animal cells. (all.org)
  • We hope that our senators, representatives, and the Centers for Disease Control will encourage Merck to work with parents' religious convictions and offer single-dose measles and mumps vaccines. (all.org)
  • This petition can be found on the Change website at http://www.change.org/p/centers-for-disease-con​trol-urge-merck-to-revive-single-dose-measles-and-mumps-vaccines . (all.org)
  • Details of a whistle blower lawsuit against vaccine maker Merck accuse the pharma giant of selling a weakened mumps vaccine since 1999 that doesn't work as well as Merck claims it does. (mctlawyers.com)
  • The lawsuit filed by two former Merck virologists, says Merck manipulated results of clinical tests to show that the vaccine was still effective 95% of the time even though evidence showed that this strain of the vaccine was losing its ability to immunize over time. (mctlawyers.com)
  • In truth, Merck knows and has taken affirmative steps to conceal - such as by using improper testing techniques, falsifying test data in a clinical trial, and violating multiple duties of government disclosure - that the efficacy rate of Merck's mumps vaccine is, and has been since at least 1999, significantly lower than this 95% rate. (mctlawyers.com)
  • The lawsuit says that instead of developing a new, more effective vaccine, Merck juggled lab procedures and test results to make it look like the original vaccine was still working the way it's supposed to. (mctlawyers.com)
  • Merck has an exclusive license to make the mumps vaccine and earns about $1 billion dollars per year on childhood vaccine sales. (mctlawyers.com)
  • Mumps is a contagious disease that causes symptoms like fever, headache and swollen salivary glands. (jetsinsider.com)
  • occasionally, mumps may begin with a slight fever, headache , and malaise before the swelling appears. (encyclopedia.com)
  • A spokeswoman for the California company said adverse responses were rare, but occurred in higher numbers than with similar vaccines, and included fever, allergic reactions, and the swelling of glands. (voanews.com)
  • however, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all vaccines can be administered to individuals with minor illnesses with or without low-grade fever. (drugs.com)
  • That "subverted" the purpose of the testing regime, "which was to measure the vaccine's ability to provide protection against a disease-causing mumps virus that a child would actually face in real life. (courthousenews.com)
  • however, individuals with a history of anaphylaxis to topical or systemic neomycin should not receive this vaccine. (drugs.com)
  • Pregnant women should not receive this vaccine. (yohyoh.com)
  • Young adults are more at risk of contracting the mumps due to their close living conditions, socializing habits, and other lifestyle risk factors. (emaxhealth.com)
  • A reason unvaccinated individuals are not developing mumps as adults is that they caught natural mumps as children and this may have been asymptomatic [ie. (wordpress.com)
  • If that were the case then the vaccinated would not be catching mumps as adults either. (wordpress.com)
  • Adults who develop swelling at the angle of the jaw together with flulike symptoms should think about mumps, he said. (vaxxter.com)
  • Facts about mumps for adults and children. (dmoztools.net)
  • The vaccine should not be given to people who are pregnant or have very poor immune system function. (wikipedia.org)
  • People with immune system disorders-If you have HIV and are doing well, you should consider getting the vaccine. (doctors-hospital.net)
  • A person who has been treated with RHo (D) immune globulin should generally not be vaccinated for several months with a live vaccine. (drugs.com)
  • These products would eliminate the religious objections of many parents and increase cooperation with the CDC's vaccine program. (all.org)
  • Single antigen vaccines pose less risk to children younger than the recommended age of 15 months for the MMR. (encyclopedia.com)
  • Persons with a history of anaphylactic, anaphylactoid, or other immediate reactions after eating eggs may have an increased risk of immediate-type hypersensitivity reactions to vaccines containing traces of chick embryo antigen. (drugs.com)
  • But the ultimate victims here are the millions of children who every year are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not providing them with an adequate level of protection. (courthousenews.com)
  • On the other hand, finding a 300% increase in autism in African American Children during a MMR2 vaccine test and selectively purging the samples to completely remove it is just scientific malfeasance, I guess. (abovetopsecret.com)
  • Poor outcomes among children of mothers who received the vaccine during pregnancy, however, have not been documented. (wikipedia.org)
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most children with a history of anaphylactic reactions to eggs do not have adverse reactions to measles or measles/mumps/rubella vaccines. (drugs.com)
  • The goal of this study is to determine whether a computer-based intervention that delivers individually-tailored educational messages about the MMR vaccine increases MMR vaccine-hesitant parents' intentions to have their children vaccinated. (clinicaltrials.gov)
  • This will be a randomized controlled intervention trial for MMR vaccine-hesitant parents of children ages six years and younger who have not yet received the MMR vaccine. (clinicaltrials.gov)
  • The vaccine administration records of the children of these parents will be accessed after parents' participation in the study to assess whether the MMR vaccine was provided to the child. (clinicaltrials.gov)
  • Most children and teens should get their vaccines on time. (skyridgemedcenter.com)
  • Drs K A JOYCE and J E REES (Hurst-wood Park Neurological Centre, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 4EX) write: A 20 year old man who planned to work with children in the United States was instructed to be vaccinated against rubella and was given measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. (bmj.com)
  • Cases of mumps have been increasing across Canada over recent years," says Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee. (emaxhealth.com)
  • The lack of cases among unvaccinated individuals may reflect the high uptake of vaccine, and an investigation is ongoing to determine coverage rates for the birth cohorts involved. (wordpress.com)
  • More than 6,000 cases of mumps were reported in the United States last year, the highest number in 10 years. (vaxxter.com)
  • Receiving this vaccine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. (findatopdoc.com)
  • Measles vaccines are considered highly effective, and have been available for 40 years. (voanews.com)
  • After my devastating GBS diagnosis from the flu vaccine six years ago, I didn't know what to do. (mctlawyers.com)
  • LambethWalk - you could do one MMR and then test titres a couple of years later just to see whether the vaccine took. (mumsnet.com)
  • Even though the vaccine is developed in chicken cells, it is generally safe to give to those with egg allergies. (wikipedia.org)
  • In a child, less than 12 months of age, antibodies from the mother may prevent the vaccine from working. (findatopdoc.com)
  • In 2012, Alabama-based Chatom Primary Care and two individual doctors, all purchasers of the vaccine, filed a proposed antitrust class action based on the allegations in the whistleblower suit. (reuters.com)