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mumps; MMR; MMRV;

Mumps is an infection which mainly affects the glands that make saliva. These glands are on the cheeks near to the ears and under the jaw. With mumps, they can swell and be painful. Often people with mumps have a very bad headache for a day or so which may be due to inflammation of the brain - which goes away without any treatment. Mumps does not usually cause any ongoing problems, but sometimes it can affect the testes of older boys (after puberty) or men. This usually doesn’t cause problems with future fertility.

When mumps starts, your child might have a fever and feel generally unwell.

Immunisation with MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine) is recommended for children when they are 12 months old and MMRV (Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (Chicken pox)) at 18 months. This immunisation is free for children in Australia.

For more information

Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Government:

  • Australian Immunisation Handbook - 10th Edition, 2016:


    Raising Children Network (Australian Government) 

  • Mumps 


    Department of Health, South Australia

  • 'Mumps - symptoms, treatment and prevention
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