What is Mumps?

Mumps is caused by a virus that lives in your nose, mouth, eyes and on your skin.  It’s spread easily from one person to another through the air, through objects contaminated with infected saliva mucous through direct contact like kissing.  Symptoms include painful swelling of the cheeks and neck, fever, headache, earache, fatigue, sore muscles and loss of appetite.

Rarely, people may have deafness, brain and spinal cord inflammation and swelling in the testicles and ovaries.

A vaccine that can protect travellers called Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR).




Vaccination names: Priorix® & MMR® II

Minimum age: 6 months

Primary series: Two doses after one year of age

Duration: Lifetime with 2 doses