Statement on Reported Mumps Case in York County

The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice reminds the public that Merck, maker of the country’s only Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine, is currently in federal court being sued by its own scientists who claim that the company submitted fraudulent efficacy data to the FDA in 2000 to gain re-approval for the MMR II, and that the vaccine may be largely ineffective against the circulating mumps virus.

Our organization has notified the Maine CDC in person and in writing over the last four years of this potential fraud, and that those born since at least 2000 may be highly vulnerable to the disease, while believing that they are immunized.   We have encouraged Maine CDC to make a plan for inevitable outbreaks in light of this matter, as even 100% uptake of the MMR will not prevent mumps outbreaks.  Those communications, and the response of Kenneth Albert of the CDC, can be read here:

MCVC Notifies Maine CDC on the Merck Mumps False Claims Act Lawsuit

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