4/15/2005

Mumps - who is to blame?

Crisis seems to have hit the health service in the north as it was reported today that an extra 80,000 vaccines are needed to cope what has become a mumps epidemic. As somebody who has recently contracted mumps, I know this is a very serious matter, espicially for young people. To see that our health service is so unprepared and desperate is very discouraging and those who have failed to fund it properly should hang their heads in shame. My understanding is that the initial vaccine given during school years does not fully immunise young people from the risk of mumps. Surely since this is the case, a second immunisation should have given to all students before they left school. Questions must be asked as to why it wasn't. The current desperate attempts to get on top of the situation seem to be locking the stable after a very dangerous horse has bolted.

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