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Posted on 09-15-2016


Mumps!!! They’re back!!! Actually the virus has never fully gone away.

Right now here in NWA we are experiencing the largest outbreak since 2010. As of now there are 150 cases being investigated.

So what does that mean for you and your family, what should you be looking for, how do you protect your family?

Symptoms of Mumps

  • Mumps usually causes the following symptoms for about 7 to 10 days:
  • No symptoms
  • Headache, muscle aches, fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, swollen glands under the ears or jaw
  • In rare cases: Meningitis, deafness, encephalitis, Orchitis, Oophoritis
  • Some people who get mumps do not have symptoms. Others may feel sick but will not have swollen glands.

It is spread by coughs or sneezes. But it does not live on objects or surfaces. Mumps can spread before swollen glands appear and for 5 days afterward.  This is why children are most at risk, their personal bubbles are much smaller than adults.

The MMR Vaccine: Nothing is 100% effective

According to the CDC, “Outbreaks can still occur in highly vaccinated U.S. communities, particularly in close-contact settings”. (1) In our case, here is NWA, the largest population getting mumps are children between the ages of 5-17 and are 92% vaccinated.  The Arkansas Health Department stated last night in their ‘mumps information meeting” that having 2 doses of the MMR vaccine is only 88% effective.

Educate before you vaccinate

The MMR vaccine is highly controversial with links to autism and other harmful side effects. The Vaccine for mumps is given as a combined vaccine with rubella and measles. It has been theorized that exposing a child to two or more viral infections around the same time increases their risk for autism. Today 1 in 88 children have autism. When the mumps vaccine was first introduced in the 1970’s it was given individually and the likelihood of autism was lower.

Board-certified pediatrician Dr. Lawrence Palevsky explains that studies have not been done long enough on children to determine what the long term effects are, typically children are followed a total of 4 weeks. (4) Dr. Palevsky also discusses the possibility of the developmental benefits to getting some childhood diseases.

Bottom line. In our country you have the choice to vaccinate or not. Get educated and make the choice that’s best for your family. It is okay to question and research topics regarding your health.

Protect yourself and kids by boosting your Immune System

Boost your body’s immune system so it can do what it was made to do. Fight off these illnesses and create natural immunities. You can do that by:

  • Getting regular adjustments by a licensed chiropractor
  • Vitamin C
  • Probiotic

  1. Mumps Cases and Outbreaks. http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/outbreaks.html
  2. Arkansas Health Department http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/infectiousDisease/CommunicableDisease/Pages/Mumps.aspx
  3. http://www.thinktwice.com/mmr.htm


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