Mumps is a disease caused by the mumps virus. It is difficult to know when a child has mumps as there are only few observable symptoms; however, 40% of people have swelling in salivary glands or experience trouble breathing.
Long Term Symptoms:
- Brain inflammation,
- Facial paralysis,
- Permanent neurological damage like paralysis and seizures
- Causes infertility in 20-30% of males and 5% of females
- It has decreased cases worldwide by 99%
- Outbreaks usually occur in unvaccinated populations. For example, in 2004-2006, there were 70,000 new cases of mumps in the UK
- Us a live attenuated vaccine, given in combination with rubella and mumps.
- A child is given two doses, one at 1 year of age and the other at 15th months.
- Very rare serious adverse events have been documented
- The usual symptoms from the vaccine are: general discomfort, fever, maybe a rash a week later