Mumps is circulating in Niagara. Check your vaccination records and make sure you and your family are up to date.
Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands and is contagious. It is spread person-to-person by:
The virus can also live on surfaces. Touching a surface contaminated by the mumps virus and then touching your nose or mouth can cause infection. A person can be infectious seven days before to five days after the salivary glands start to swell.
Parents are responsible for providing up to date vaccination information. Mumps is a vaccine-preventable infection.
Two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) or Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (MMRV) vaccine:
Two doses should be given if:
If you are unsure about being vaccinated or previously having mumps, getting vaccinated is recommended.
If unvaccinated, you should delay getting the MMR vaccine until no longer pregnant.
If travelling outside North America:
Vaccinations are available through your doctor, walk-in clinic or a Public Health clinic.
If you think you may have mumps and need to see a doctor, you should call ahead to the doctor's office, walk-in clinic, or emergency department. This will allow health care staff to prepare appropriately.
There is no treatment for mumps. You should stay home if you have mumps. Do not go to school, daycare or work for at least five days after you get swollen salivary glands in the cheeks and around the jaw. This will prevent others from catching mumps from you.
Tips to prevent spreading mumps to others: