spread when germs pass from an infected person by coughing,
sneezing, or even talking. Although mumps causes fever and headaches,
the most obvious sign is swelling of the cheeks and jaw. One out
of every 10 children who gets mumps gets mild meningitis, an
inflammation of the coverings of the brain and spinal cord,
sometimes causing encephalitis, a dangerous inflammation of the
brain. Mumps can also result in permanent loss of hearing.
is given in the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine series to
children and adults or in the MMRV (measles, mups, rubella, varicella) vaccine to children 12 months to 12 years of age.