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Mumps - The Vaccine
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  1. How is this vaccine given?
    This vaccine is given by subcutaneous injection (under the skin). The lyophilized live MMR vaccine (and its component vaccines) should be reconstituted and administered as recommended by the manufacturer. All measles-, rubella-, or mumps-containing vaccines available in the United States should be administered subcutaneously in the recommended standard single-dose volume of 0.5 mL.

  2. Can the vaccine cause mumps?

  3. How would you know if you were immune to mumps?
    People are generally considered to be immune to mumps if they were born before 1957, have laboratory evidence of mumps immunity, have documentation from their health professional of previous mumps disease, or have received appropriate mumps immunization.

  4. At what age should my baby get his first mumps shot?
    The first dose of MMR should be given on or after the first birthday; the recommended range is from 12-15 months. A dose given before 12 months of age will likely not be "counted" when the child starts school.

  5. When should my child get his second MMR shot?
    When should my child get his second MMR shot?

  6. When is it indicated for adults to get MMR?
    Mumps vaccine is recommended for all susceptible adults without documented evidence of immunity. Doses 1 and 2 should be given at least 4 weeks apart.

  7. If I think a service member has been exposed to mumps, what should I do as a medic or corpsman?
    If a service member has not been immunized against mumps, immunizing after exposure has not been effective at preventing disease. However, if the person was never immunized this is a good time to administer needed immunizations to protect against any future exposures.