Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by the mumps virus. Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, and is followed by swelling of salivary glands. Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps.
Before the routine vaccination program was introduced in the United States, mumps was a common illness in infants, children and young adults. Because most people have now been vaccinated, mumps has become a rare disease in the United States...
Mumps Information for Kids
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Fast Facts about Mumps
Fact sheet with information about symptoms, vaccination, complications, and transmission.
Information for Travelers
Although the risk of exposure to mumps for most travelers will be relatively low, you should make sure that you and your children 12 months of age and older are fully vaccinated or immune. This is especially important if you plan to travel to areas experiencing mumps outbreaks.
- Q&A About Mumps for Travelers
- Mumps Chapter in CDC’s Health Information for International Travel 2010 (the Yellow Book)
Mumps is no longer very common in the United States, but outbreaks continue to occur. Outbreaks have most commonly occurred in places where people have had prolonged, close contact with a person who has mumps, such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team, or living in the same dormitory with someone who has mumps.
You should make sure you are protected against mumps with measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Protect against Mumps
MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is the best way to protect against mumps.
- Has your young child received the MMR vaccine?
- Some older children and adults need the MMR vaccine
- Learn about mumps
Report suspect mumps cases to your doctor right away.
- Page last reviewed: November 12, 2009
- Page last updated: January 9, 2015
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