Mumps is a viral infection that often involves the swelling of the salivary glands. It is spread by coughing and sneezing. Complications from mumps can include meningitis, inflammation of the testicles or ovaries, inflammation of the pancreas, and deafness. Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps.
Children should get their first dose of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine at 12 months old or later. The second dose of MMRV is usually administered before the child begins kindergarten, but may be given one month or more after the first dose. Students (including college students), health care workers, and international travelers should receive two doses of MMR vaccine.