Mumps is a viral illness. It is spread in humans via droplets of moisture from the airways of the nose, mouth, and breathing passageways.
Mumps was a very common illness before effective vaccines were created. For example, there were an estimated 212,000 cases of mumps in the United States in 1964. Following effective vaccine licensure, mumps in the United States declined rapidly to 3,000 cases in 1984.
Mumps illness usually resolves spontaneously after 1-2 weeks of illness. As many as 25% of infected people may not be aware they are ill. Most patients have nonspecific symptoms such as muscle aches, loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, and fever. As many as 2/3 of patients with mumps may also develop temporary swelling of saliva glands, particularly the parotid glands which can cause the cheeks to look swollen. Some serious problems can occur with mumps including in part: swelling of the testicles, inflammation of the pancreas gland in the abdomen, rarely deafness, rarely brain inflammation, occasionally other problems, and very rarely death.
Mumps vaccinations can make it much less likely that you will become ill with the mumps.
The vaccination is not 100% protective but 2 doses of mumps vaccine are estimated to be 88% effective in protecting you from the mumps.
If you have not yet received two doses of mumps vaccine, please come to Taylor now so we can help you get this important vaccination protection. 836-4000.
If you think you might have the mumps or might have been exposed to the mumps, please come to Taylor so we can help with your evaluation, medical care, and possibly prevention. 836-4000.
If you would like to learn more about mumps, please link to this information from the Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html