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Should I get a mumps vaccine?

You need to receive two doses of the mumps vaccine during your lifetime to enjoy immunity. Those who have contracted and recovered from mumps are also immune. If you have not received two doses of the vaccine and have never contracted mumps, you may be at risk for infection with the mumps virus and may want to consider getting vaccinated.

If you are not immune to mumps, and you are a woman of childbearing age who is not pregnant and is not planning to become pregnant in the next month, you might want to consider getting vaccinated. Those who are attending college or other forms of higher education, such as technical school, may need a vaccine. Health and child care workers may want to be vaccinated. If you intend to travel abroad, you might want to get vaccinated.

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