Mumps virus highest in 10 years, new shingles vaccine available

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The mumps outbreak number is the highest it's been in 10 years. That's according to a New York Times report. Now the CDC says the mumps vaccination isn't the only shot you should consider this fall.

Jon Campos with the Adams County Health Department says the mumps, a viral illness, commonly breaks out around a high concentration of young people.

"Most typically we see it in college campuses because we are talking about a student body that is coming from a wide variety of places including other countries typically," said Campos.

Now only one case of mumps was reported in Adams County in 2016 and no cases have been reported yet this year in the county.

"We have seen a significant decrease in mumps because of the use of vaccines and in Illinois the requirement for vaccines for schools and daycares has also significantly reduced those numbers," said Campos.

The mumps can be spread through a droplet of saliva or mucus. For example, the virus can be spread through coughing, sneezing, drinking after one another or simply from not washing your hands.

As mumps cases continue to rise nationally, there is a new vaccine to potentially decrease another viral outbreak, shingles.

"The CDC recently made a recommendation that the new vaccine the new shingles vaccine that has been released seems to be more effective,” says Betty Coonrod with the Adams County Health Department.

The new vaccine will be a series of two separate vaccines. We are still waiting for the final approval from the CDC for this shot.

"Once the CDC makes the final recommendation then insurance companies should be paying for this and they are also recommending people who have had the original shingles vaccine to go ahead and get the new one," says Coonrod.

The old vaccine was recommended for people over the age of 60, this new vaccine is recommended for those over 50. The new vaccine racked up a 90 plus percent effectiveness rate compared to the old vaccine’s 38 percent.

The Adams County Health Department says it'll be a little while before the shingles vaccine will be available, pending the CDC's final recommendation.

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