By Dr. Natalie Vanek
Public health officials are investigating multiple outbreaks of the virus throughout Texas, including one on South Padre Island. Officials haven’t seen this level of mumps cases in Texas in 20 years.
Symptoms of mumps include with fever, head and muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen glands. While the virus is contagious, most people have mild or no symptoms.
Mumps can be prevented with the MMR vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of the vaccine, one at 12-15 months of age, and the second when your child is between 4 and 6 years old. This vaccine is safe and protects your children from illness.
More about the immunizations Legacy provides can be found here.
Mumps is spread through coughing, sneezing and sharing cups and utensils.