What is the Mumps? (CDC.com)
The Mumps is best known for the puffy cheeks and tender, swollen jaw that it causes. This is a result of swollen salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides
- Muscle aches
- Loss of appetite
Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12–25 days after infection.
Mumps spread through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose, or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by
- coughing, sneezing, or talking
- sharing items that may have saliva on them, such as water bottles or cups
- participating in close-contact activities with others, such as playing sports, dancing, or kissing
How Can I Prevent The Mumps?
- Mumps vaccine is the best way to decrease your child’s risk of getting mumps.
- usually given as part of a combination vaccine that protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
Mumps Vaccination Recommendations?
- The MMR vaccine is safe and effective. A person with two doses of MMR vaccine has about an 88% reduction in risk for mumps; a person with one dose has a 78% reduction in risk for mumps.
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