Public Health Wales issues the following information on mumps:
- An acute viral illness, only known to affect humans
- Transmitted by direct contact with saliva or droplets from saliva of infected person
- One or both of parotid salivary glands (near ears) swell up and become painful
- Around one-third of people infected develop no symptoms
- Most cases are mild, but when complications occur they can be serious
- Can be caught at any age
- Having it once usually confers lifelong immunity to catching it again
- Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) immunisation protects over 95% of children
- Current schedule recommends one dose to be given at around 13 months, and a second dose at between 3-5 years
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