Mumps

Did you know?

Before vaccination was started in the 1960's, about 200,000 cases of mumps occurred each year. With regular vaccination of young children, that number has declined significantly to about 4500 to 13,000 cases yearly world-wide.

Mumps is no longer very common, 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 home. 
Snohomish County is experiencing an increase in Mumps cases! Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands.

Protect against Mumps

MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is the best way to protect against mumps. Everyone should make sure they are up to date on their MMR vaccine. Students must have two doses of the MMR vaccine to attend school. Other ways to prevent the spread of mumps:
  • Avoid contact with anyone infected with mumps
  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Don't share cups and eating utensils
  • Has your child received the MMR vaccine?

Check your child's immunization record
Visit the immunization scheduler

  • Some preteens, teens, and adults need the MMR vaccine

Review the pre-teen and teen immunization schedule
Review the adult immunization schedule

  • Learn about mumps

Signs and symptoms of mumps
Complications of mumps

If you think you or someone in your family may have mumps, let your doctor know right away. Please do not send your student to school, and inform the school of the possible symptoms of mumps.

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