Pretty big mumps outbreak in Iowa. I had the mumps as a baby, according to my mother, as did most of my siblings (in fact, we had to leave our trip to Florida early because the twins, who had been left with my grandparents, spread the disease to Grandpa). But past 1970 or so, I haven’t really heard much about people actually having the disease.
Of course, the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine proved to be a bit unreliable in the late 80s, when a number of college campuses, mine included, had measles outbreaks. Apparently, the vaccine that was given in the early 70s wasn’t as good as previous batches, so people who’d been vaccinated with that batch had to get a new set of shots (I didn’t; I apparently got one of the last good batches in 1969).
But the real reason I chose to write about this is that you just don’t get disease names like “mumps” anymore. Or “rickets,” or “the bends” or “grippe” or “consumption” or “chicken pox.” Eh, “bird flu” isn’t bad, but I guess it’s just not Anglo-Saxon enough.
What’s your favorite disease name?