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North Carolina Immunization Branch

Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Mumps

The Disease

Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by the mumps virus.  Mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks. Items used by an infected person, such as cups or soft drink cans, can also be contaminated with the virus, which may spread to others if those items are shared. In addition, the virus may spread when someone with mumps touches items or surfaces without washing their hands and someone else then touches the same surface and rubs their mouth or nose.

The Vaccine

Mumps vaccine is typically administered through the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine or by the MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella) vaccine.

Who Should get Vaccinated?

Children should receive two doses of mumps vaccine.  The first should be given soon after their first birthday (12 to 15 months of age). The second dose is recommended before the start of kindergarten.

North Carolina Requirements

Children in North Carolina are required to receive two doses of mumps vaccine.

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