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Should my child get the mumps vaccine?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children under age 13 should get two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. The first dose should be given at 12-15 months, followed by a second dose when your child is between four and six years of age. Talk to your doctor about your child's vaccine schedule.

However, in the US mumps vaccine is available only in two combination products: one with measles and rubella and the other with measles, rubella and varicella vaccines.

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