Mumps - Topic Overview
Anyone who has mumps should stay out of school, day care, work, and public
places until 5 days after the
salivary glands first start to swell.1
In general, you don't need to separate the sick person from the rest of the family. By the time mumps is diagnosed, most household
members have already been exposed.
Why is it important to prevent mumps?
Getting your child vaccinated is important, because mumps can sometimes cause serious problems. It's also important because mumps is a contagious disease, and outbreaks can easily occur.
False claims in the news have made some parents concerned about a link between autism and vaccines. But studies have found no link between them.2