Should children get a mumps vaccine?

Since the mumps vaccine was first developed in the 1960s, it has become routine to vaccinate children against this disease. Doctors recommend that most children receive a mumps vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age. Many children will contract mumps anyway, usually between the ages of five and ten. These children will most likely remain immune to mumps for the rest of their lives. Children who do not contract and recover from mumps before the age of 12 should receive a second dose of the vaccine. Vaccination can help protect children from the dangerous complications of mumps.

Iris Rodriguez-Johnson, MD

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics the Mumps Vaccine should be given as MMR or MMRV routinely to children at 12 through 15 months of age, with a  second dose of MMR given at 4 through 6 years of age. The two dose effectiveness is approximately 90% (range 88-95%).







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