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.
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Mumps is an acute viral illness that causes a painful inflammation and swelling of the saliva glands. These glands include the parotid,submaxillary,sublingual and buccal salivary glands. Mumps used to be a common infectious disease of childhood until a vaccine was developed in 1967 to immunize children against the virus that causes the disorder. However,recent outbreaks of mumps among ...
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In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other national organizations advise people about which vaccines they should get and when. One schedule is for children and teens (adolescents), another is for adults. Also, some people with health problems such as diabetes have a different immunization schedule than people who are healthy. Childhood and adolescent ...
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