Mumps Vaccine
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Mumps Vaccine?

Mumps is a highly contagious infection. It results in fever and swelling of the parotid glands. These are salivary glands located near the front of the ear. Mumps is caused by a virus.

The virus is usually spread through contact with an infected person's saliva. Since the virus is highly contagious, it spreads easily among people in close contact.

Once a common childhood illness, mumps is now rarely seen in the US. This is largely because of the use of the vaccine, which provides lifelong immunity.

Symptoms include:

  • Painful swelling of the parotid glands (under the cheeks and jaw)
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Swelling and pain under the tongue, jaw, or front of the chest
  • In males: painful inflammation of the...