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Should I tell my child's school about their mumps?

Mumps is a very contagious viral disease. Most children are vaccinated against mumps in infancy, but full immunity requires either two doses of the vaccine or complete recovery from mumps infection. Young children remain at risk for contracting mumps if they have not been vaccinated. If your child develops mumps, telling your child's school about the infection can help make staff, parents, and children aware that they are at a higher than usual risk for contracting the virus, and can help protect other children from contracting the disease.

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