Mumps: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Vaccination (MMR)
  • Stay away from school, college or work
  • Wash your hands properly
  • Always use a tissue paper
  • Early diagnosis and treatment
  • Avoid using others objects


Two doses of the MMR vaccine are recommended before a child enters school:
  • The first between ages 12 and 15 months.
  • The second between ages 4 and 6 years, or between 11 and 12 if not previously given.
  • You do not need a vaccine if you
  • Had two doses of the MMR vaccine after 12 months of age or one dose of the MMR vaccine plus a second dose of measles vaccine.
  • Had one dose of MMR and you are not at high risk of measles or mumps exposure.
  • Have blood tests that demonstrate you are immune to measles, mumps and rubella.
The vaccine is not recommended for
  • Pregnant women or women who plan to get pregnant within the next four weeks.
  • People who have had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin or the antibiotic neomycin.
  • People with severely compromised immune system or people who take oral steroids, unless the benefits of the vaccine exceed the risks.
Who should get the MMR Vaccine?
  • Is a non-pregnant woman of childbearing age.
  • Attend college, trade school or post secondary school.
  • Work in a hospital, medical facility, child care centre or school.
  • Plan to travel overseas.

Watch Out

  • Eye redness
  • Trouble eating or drinking
  • Abdominal pain
  • In boys, pain and swelling of the testicles

When to See Doctor

Consult your doctor if you
  • Severe headache and fever
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting
  • Stiff neck
  • Persistent drowsiness
  • Trouble breathing or is breathing faster than normal

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