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Information for Travelers

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Mumps remains a common disease in many parts of the world, including areas in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Anyone who is not protected against mumps is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally.

Before traveling internationally, people should be protected against mumps.

  • Children 12 months of age or older should have two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Teenagers and adults without evidence of immunity (protection) to mumps[1] should have two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.

For more information on mumps and travel, see the mumps chapter from CDC’s Health Information for International Travel 2010 (the Yellow Book).


Footnote

[1] Acceptable presumptive evidence of immunity to mumps for international travelers includes: documented administration of two doses of live mumps virus vaccine at least 28 days apart, on or after the first birthday; laboratory evidence of immunity; birth before 1957; or documentation of physician-diagnosed mumps.

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