Vaccines

Vaccine not fully effective, but still the ‘best way’ to protect against mumps

The measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination was introduced in New Zealand in 1990.
The measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination was introduced in New Zealand in 1990.

More than 20 west Aucklanders vaccinated for mumps still contracted the viral illness.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) confirmed there was a mumps outbreak in the region – 148 cases as of July 7, with 82 of those cases from west Auckland.

Of the 82, 24 were fully vaccinated with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service's Dr Julia Peters said a high proportion of the country's population needed to ...
Auckland Regional Public Health Service’s Dr Julia Peters said a high proportion of the country’s population needed to be immune to prevent outbreaks.

ARPHS clinical director Dr Julia Peters said MMR was 88 per cent effective at preventing mumps.

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“So a small number of people may still get the disease, even if they have been vaccinated,” Peters said.

Don Buck Primary School was one of the 12 west Auckland schools that reported cases of mumps.
Don Buck Primary School was one of the 12 west Auckland schools that reported cases of mumps.

“Furthermore, some people who have received MMR may…