A new study by CCDD’s Joseph Lewnard and Yonatan Grad found that a resurgence in mumps cases may be due to waning vaccine protection over time. A third booster shot for young adults may extend protection, and prevent spread of the disease. “‘The pattern we observed is a lot more consistent with what we would expect from a waning vaccine,’ said Joseph A. Lewnard, co-author of the study and a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health. This is ‘a reassuring message’ so far as it’s a relatively simple problem to solve.”
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