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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

Mumps Prevention Tips by the Snohomish Health District 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: 

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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