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Mumps is an infection caused by a virus affecting the saliva glands in the lower cheek area. Symptoms include a fever, headache and swelling over the cheek or jaw area on one or both sides of the face.  It is usually a mild illness that lasts about one week but can, on rare occasions, have serious complications.

Mumps is spread from person to person by coughing and sneezing and symptoms appear two to three weeks after coming into contact with someone with mumps.

The best protection against mumps is the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine which is free for all children. MMR vaccinations are scheduled at 15 months and 4 years. MMR vaccination is also free for anyone who has not received two doses.

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