The Harvard Crimson is reporting that the University is now experiencing a “mumps outbreak.” The caveat, of course, is that the outbreak is amongst a “well-immunized” student body. Being that this is the second mumps “outbreak” being reported on college campuses around the nation and in both events, the recipients of mumps were vaccinated, you would almost think we would see the light. That is however not the case, in fact, the light is apparently a bulbless socket. According to The Harvard Crimson, affected students, are being relocated to other housing units.
Administrators at the College, Harvard University Health Services, and Cambridge Public Health Department are working to contain the spread of mumps and care for students who have been affected by the virus by relocating them to isolated housing for an extended period of time.
“We have officially an outbreak of mumps in this population,” HUHS Director Paul J. Barreira said. “It’s happening with students who are well-immunized, so it’s a breakthrough infection. So the task is to get the population to act in ways that minimizes the spread of the virus.”
Is the term “breakthrough infection” the most polite way of saying that the original two required MMR vaccines failed? The students are each required to be housed privately and use private bathrooms. HUHS Director Paul J. Barreira was asked if he felt a third booster should now be required. However, he responded saying there is no real evidence that would be effective. In this case, Harvard is merely considering the prior two MMR vaccines to be that of failures. Though I am happy to see that they aren’t attempting to push further vaccines into the mix as a reactionary solution (as we know, pharmaceuticals much enjoy reactionary solutions when it comes to vaccines).