Mumps is a contagious viral infection that can cause painful swelling of the salivary glands. Mumps starts just like most other viral diseases, with fever, tiredness, muscle aches, and/or loss of appetite. The classic sign of mumps -- swollen glands -- don't appear right away, and sometimes they do not appear at all. There is a vaccine to prevent mumps. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how mumps is contracted, what it looks like, how to prevent it, and much more.
Vaccines have proved so successful in eliminating their target diseases that some parents of school-aged children have gotten a bit lax about completing the complicated battery of injections.
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