Mumps is best known for the puffy cheeks and swollen jaw that it causes. Mumps spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. There is no treatment for mumps, and it can cause long-term health problems.
Mumps usually causes the symptoms for about 7 to 10 days such as fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, swollen glands under the ears or jaw. Some people who get mumps do not have symptoms. Others may feel sick but will not have swollen glands.
Mumps can be dangerous. Before there was a vaccine, mumps was one of the most common causes of deafness and meningitis. Mumps can also lead to encephalitis. In most children, mumps is mild. But it can cause serious, sometimes lasting problems, including meningitis, deafness, and encephalitis. It may also cause swelling of the testicles in males, swelling of the ovaries and/or swelling of the breasts in females who have reached puberty. In rare cases, mumps is deadly.
MMR shot protects your child from mumps, a potentially serious disease, as well as measles and rubella. It protects your child from getting a fever and swollen glands under the ears or jaw from mumps.
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend children receive all vaccines according to the recommended Vaccination schedule.