The Disease

Before vaccines, mumps was a common childhood disease. The most obvious sign of mumps is swelling of the cheeks and jaw, which is caused by inflammation in the salivary glands. Children with mumps usually also get a fever and headache. Generally, mumps is a mild disease, but it does have its serious side.


The Immunization

The mumps vaccine we use today was licensed in 1967, and is a live, attenuated (weakened) vaccine. The number of reported cases has dropped from over 150,000 in 1968 to only 666 in 1998.


AAP Vaccine Recommendations


Quick Facts - What You Need to Know (PDF)

  • Why get vaccinated?
  • Who should get MMR vaccine and when?
  • Some people should not get MMR vaccine or should wait
  • What are the risks from MMR vaccine?
  • What if there is a moderate or severe reaction?


Other Resources


2006 Outbreak Information


Last Updated: 7/13/2012


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