Fans could soon see the return of Vancouver Canucks players infected with the mumps.
That’s according to Captian Henrick Sedin, who joined Steele & Drex with an update on the team’s condition.
“It looks better, I think a few guys are coming back here. If not tomorrow maybe the next game.”
But not soon enough to help the team clinch a playoff position.
“Mumps spread easy. It’s unfortunate it happened right now with us being in the fight for a playoff spot.”
Four players and one trainer are confirmed to have the mumps but this is not a huge surprise for Dr. Ronda Low.
“These guys are at the right demographic age for getting sick.”
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Dr. Low says, anyone born before 1970 is assumed to have a natural immunity to mumps because they had been naturally infected.
“In 1970 Canada introduced widespread mumps vaccine. Everyone born after 1970 likely had one dose of vaccine… this includes most hockey players.”
Only in 1996 did Canada introduce the two shot mumps policy. Low says those born after 1970 are at the highest risk of contracting the virus because of this.
“It became obvious over time that immunity started to wane with that vaccine. So it wasn’t until 1996 that Canada implemented a two-shot vaccine.”
Low says another booster shot will not hurt those who already have both doses.
“If you have already received two doses and you don’t know for sure you can have another booster dose no problem.”
Mumps is an infection in your salivary glands, and Low says you can be infectious weeks before symptoms appear.
She says one in five people don’t even realize they have the virus and are infectious for up to nine days after symptoms are seen.
“It’s a virus, you have to just tough it out.”
Mumps can be spread by sharing food, drink, and coughing or sneezing from up to six feet away.
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Low says side effects include fever, headache, flu-like symptoms and potential swelling of the salivary glands.
“Some complications that can come on with mumps for some people further is you could have temporary deafness, there could be inflammation of the lining of your brain.”
Although most children have received both mumps doses, she says parents can err on the side of caution by getting an additional booster.
“Right now children receive it in the natural schedule that we have… kids get a second dose at four years old before they go to school.”
Parents can visit a walk-in clinic, family doctor or physician’s office to receive the free vaccine.