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Mumps and Rubella—Overlooked and Disrespected?

Mumps and Rubella—Overlooked and Disrespected?

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Mumps and rubella vaccines—I suspect if they could talk they would express feelings a lot like Rodney Dangerfield’s—that they get little respect, their infections often overlooked alongside the deadlier measles virus. 

It’s true, they don’t get a lot of press because they are so effectively prevented by the MMR vaccine—but let’s see what you remember from school about these now-wallflower diseases.

Following is a list of consequences of mumps and/or rubella disease seen either in the infected individual or in an infant born to an infected mother. Some may be a consequence of both diseases; others may not be related to either one. See if you can match the the potential consequences, 1-8, with the disease(s), A-D.

1. Pancreatitis                         5. Sterility in both sexes

2. Deafness                             6. Cataracts

3. Orchitis                               7. Spontaneous abortion 

4. Oophoritis                           8. Birth defects  


A. Mumps          B. Rubella           C. Both              D. Neither

You can print this page out from your browser as a worksheet—or, use your own scratch pad to note your selections. 


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