Sidney Crosby and the Mumps vaccine

Sidney Crosby - mumps vaccine

Canadian hockey superstar and captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby has been stricken with the mumps. As part of an ongoing outbreak in the NHL that has effected at least five teams and has the entire league taking precautions. Like the ReCon post on chicken pox vaccine recently, it appears this is another push for vaccination, or in this case re-vaccination.

Sidney Crosby had already been vaccinated for mumps

According to the Post-Gazette Mr. Crosby had a booster shot in February before he left for the Olympic Games in Russia. Probably as a result, his antibody count — which would show if his body could fight the disease off — was high enough when the Penguins tested him and the rest of the team Dec. 3 that they didn’t think he was even susceptible. Others on the team — including Beau Bennett, who may also have the mumps — and staff did have low antibody counts, though, and 19 of them were given booster shots of the vaccine on Dec. 6.”

So what is happening that is leading to this outbreak?

With the fact that Sidney Crosby had already been vaccinated being reported, the pro-vaccine media has no-where to turn but to lay the blame for this outbreak directly on the anti-vaccination movement. They are getting desperate and are using this case of mumps to push for all adults to get re-vaccinated. Like Matt McCarthy, an infectious disease physician for Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City says “There’s something that’s not adding up.”

Born in 1987, Sidney Crosby was in the group that had only one MMR shot as a child; his booster came as he was about to travel to the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.

CBC News

Several other clubs affected by the outbreak have asked their players to receive booster shots and have implemented sterilization techniques in team facilities.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have also offered inoculations to their players.

CTV News

What is mumps and how is it spread?

Mumps is a virus that causes swollen and tender glands, particularly the salivary gland. It also causes flu-like symptoms such as fever and body aches.

It is spread through respiratory droplets of saliva and mucus from the mouth, nose and throat. Exchanging saliva by sharing drinks (like water bottles), food or cigarettes, and kissing are ways to spread mumps.

Coughing and sneezing also spread the droplets, particularly in crowded places where people are within a couple of metres of each other.

CBC News

According to some doctors even two doses may not be enough. The first shot is 70-80 per cent effective and the second shot boosts the effectiveness of the vaccine to 90 per cent. Mumps can lead to infections in the testicles and sterility issues. It can also lead to inflammation of the lining of the brain and, in some cases, deafness. Reads like some Bill Gates vaccine reasoning.

After being sidelined with the virus and placed in isolation, Crosby has now returned to skating while three other teammates have been put in isolation.

The club is recommending employees and members of the support staff receive booster shots.

The Star

But pockets of resistance to the eradication of the disease have persisted from several different quarters.

There are those who have resisted vaccinating their children, despite the proven success of the mumps vaccine, because of a variety of fears; there are about 10 percent of people who have been vaccinated whose bodies simply don’t respond, so-called “nonresponders” who are still susceptible; and there is some belief that the effectiveness of vaccination may wane over time, requiring that adults get an additional booster shot (the Allegheny County Health Department recommends all adults get a mumps booster).

There also appear to be people apparently along the lines of Penguins star Sidney Crosby who were vaccinated recently and appeared to respond well to the vaccination, but still contracted the disease.

“As physicians, we were caught on our heels by this,” said Matt McCarthy, an infectious disease physician for Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. “Why is Sidney Crosby — a young, healthy guy with a good response to the vaccine — getting this disease?

Post Gazette

THE BOOSTER SHOT PANDEMIC

Has the New World Order chosen to showcase the mumps swelling, and the red dots of chicken pox, as a push for adults to be re-vaccinated with the shots they already received during childhood? Beware, be aware.

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