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Mumps (cont.)

Mumps Prevention

All children in the United States are routinely immunized against mumps with the combined vaccine called MMR (measles, mumps, rubella).

Mumps Prognosis

Most children recover without any serious complications from mumps.

  • Orchitis is a common complication with mumps after puberty, but sterility is rare.
  • Mumps infection during the first trimester of pregnancy can increase the rate of spontaneous abortion, but there is no evidence it increases the risk for birth defects.
  • Rare complications include meningitis, encephalitis, pancreatitis, and deafness.


United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Summary of Notifiable Diseases – United States 2010." MMWR 59.53 June 1, 2012: 1-111. <>.

Last Editorial Review: 9/5/2012

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