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What can happen if my child does not get the mumps vaccine?

Before the mumps vaccine was introduced, mumps caused deafness in some children. Widespread use of the vaccine has reduced the cases of mumps infection among children. If infected with the  mumps virus, your child will suffer from a fever, headaches and swollen glands. Severe problems can lead to deafness, meningitis and swelling of the testicles or ovaries. Talk to your child's doctor about the risks and benefits of getting the mumps vaccine.

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