The mumps are back. Do our kids need booster shots?
Recent waves of mumps outbreaks like those that hit Penn State students last winter and spring and interrupted Syracuse University’s lacrosse season last fall can be blamed not on students’ failure to get vaccinated, but on the fact that the vaccine can lose its effectiveness over time, according to a new Harvard study.
A third shot of the usual two-dose vaccine or even booster shots during adulthood may be the answer to getting the mumps back under control, say the authors of the research article published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
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