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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

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Fact sheet with information about symptoms, vaccination, complications, and transmission.

Information for Travelers

Boys traveling with suitcaseAlthough 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.


Mumps Outbreaks

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.

  • Since November 2014, CDC has received reports of people with mumps, who are affiliated with professional hockey teams. CDC is working with the states affected, as they conduct public health investigations.

You should make sure you are protected against mumps with measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

See outbreak-related questions and answers for patients and healthcare providers.


Protect against Mumps

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MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is the best way to protect against mumps.

Report suspect mumps cases to your doctor right away.