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How common is mumps?

Mumps is a very contagious viral disease that was once quite common. Vaccines against mumps appeared in the 1960s, and since then vaccination against mumps has become routine. You need to receive two doses of the mumps vaccine during your lifetime in order to enjoy full immunity. Most people receive these vaccinations as children. Because the use of the mumps vaccine is so widespread, mumps has become far less common than it once was. Today, mumps is generally considered relatively rare. <.p>

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