HOW CAN I PREVENT CONTRACTING THIS DISEASE?
Currently, there is a vaccine to prevent mumps – the Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR) vaccine. The MMR vaccine is most effective when a person receives the recommended two doses. The first dose is recommended to children 12 to 15 months and a second dose at 4 to 6 years. The vaccine is highly effective in preventing mumps and may lessen the severity of symptoms if a person is infected.
Since mumps is highly transmissible through direct contact, those diagnosed (clinically or lab-confirmed) with mumps should avoid contact with others and remain home from school or work for at least 5 days after the onset of parotitis (facial swelling) to avoid the risk of spreading the disease.