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How to Prevent Mumps
Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent mumps. The vaccine contains live viruses that can no longer cause disease.
- The vaccine is usually given as part of a combined vaccination. It is called MMR. It has vaccines for the Measles , mumps, and Rubella. It is given twice:
- 12-15 months
- 4-6 years (or at 11-12 years)
Ask your doctor if the vaccine is right for you. In general, avoid the vaccine if you:
- Have had severe allergic reactions to vaccines or vaccine components
- Are pregnant-Avoid pregnancy for 1-3 months after receiving the vaccine.
- Have a weakened immune system
- Have a high fever or severe upper respiratory tract infection
If you are not vaccinated, avoid contact with someone who has mumps.