Montana Suspends Non-Vaccinated Students Due to Mumps ‘Outbreak’

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Once again, a few mumps cases have caused dramatic news headlines to circulate the country and school district to act in reactionary, unreasonable and illogical ways. Four Belgrade, Montana students (2 in High School and 2 in Middle School) have confirmed mumps.

However, the school decided to send 15 to 20 students home for being non-vaccinated. The issue? At least two of the current mumps cases are found with students who are vaccinated. A third student was non-vaccinated, and the status on the fourth is not yet confirmed. According to NBCMontana, the school recommends everyone get vaccinated.

Officials are asking the 15 to 20 students in Belgrade schools who have not been vaccinated to stay home.


Kelley says the best thing that can be done to protect against mumps is to get vaccinated.

One dose of the vaccination is 78 percent effective and two doses are 88 percent effective. Even with immunizations, there is a still a chance of becoming ill.

“There’s always a chance, with any vaccine, that people will still be susceptible to getting the disease. The idea of a vaccine is that over the course of a population, you can get enough coverage to reduce the transmission. The advantage that we have is that probably about 95 to 98 percent of students in Belgrade schools are fully immunized,” explained Kelley.

The school reacts to vaccinated children getting mumps, an illness they were vaccinated from, by telling non-vaccinated students to go home. How are the non-vaccinated students a threat in this scenario? We’ve seen these cases at Harvard, several Indiana Universities   San Diego State University. The one common thread between all these schools is that mumps was spreading through the vaccinated communities. Those universities all require at least two shots. It is blasphemous to blame the non-vaccinated even under the guise of herd immunity. There is no cause whatsoever to send these children home.

The vaccine booster industry is booming. And maybe it could also be that Merck, the maker of the MMR vaccine, completely lied about its effectiveness.

Anyone who falls on either side of the debate about vaccines’ alleged potential to cause harm is sure to have heard the big news this week — the unsealing of awhistleblower suit against Merck, filed back in 2010 by two former employees accusing the drugmaker of overstating the effectiveness of its mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine.

The scientists claim Merck defrauded the U.S. government by causing it to purchase an estimated four million doses of mislabeled and misbranded MMR vaccine per year for at least a decade, and helped ignite two recent mumps outbreaks that the allegedly ineffective vaccine was intended to prevent in the first place.

“As the single largest purchaser of childhood vaccines (accounting for more than 50 percent of all vaccine purchasers), the United States is by far the largest financial victim of Merck’s fraud. But the ultimate victims here are the millions of children who every year are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not providing them with an adequate level of protection against mumps. And while this is a disease the CDC targeted to eradicate by now, the failure in Merck’s vaccine has allowed this disease to linger with significant outbreaks continuing to occur,” the suit alleges.

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