Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Vaccine Greatly Reduces Chances of Getting Mumps

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Vaccine Greatly Reduces Chances of Getting Mumps

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Dear Doctor K: A few students at my son's college have been diagnosed with mumps. My son has had all of his vaccines, including the MMR. Could he still get mumps?

Dear Reader: Mumps is an infection that causes swelling of the parotid glands in front of each ear. It is caused by a virus that spreads from person to person through coughs, sneezes and saliva. It can also spread through contact with contaminated items and surfaces. Once the mumps virus enters the body, it passes into the bloodstream and can spread to many different glands, as well as the brain.

People with mumps are contagious during a period that begins 48 hours before and ends six to nine days after the beginning of symptoms.

Thanks to the mumps vaccine, which was introduced in the 1960s, the number of annual cases has decreased by more than 99 percent. …

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