Mumps outbreaks occur continually, most of them small and unreported. They’re attracting attention today only because NHL players are involved. And they’re certain to attract attention in future.
To protect the population at large against diseases, public health authorities generally aim to immunize 90 to 95 per cent of the population. To the dismay of the authorities, however, one segment of the population is surprisingly resistant to getting the flu and other vaccines recommended for them — doctors, nurses and others working in the health care sector.