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Can mumps be prevented?

Mumps is a viral disease. It is preventable by vaccine. Vaccination against mumps is routine in the United States. Children are typically vaccinated between 12 and 15 months of age, and again between four and six or 11 and 12 years of age. You need to have two doses of the vaccine for mumps during your lifetime to be considered fully immune.

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How long does mumps last?
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What lifestyle changes should I make if I have mumps?
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Does mumps affect children differently than adults?
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What can happen if my child does not get the mumps vaccine?
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