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Can you get mumps more than once?

Can you get mumps more than once?

No (except)..: Mumps is a one time illness that you build antibodies for future protection. The exception is if you have some type of immune deficiency disorder where you don't make the normal antibodies in response to an illness. Then all bets are off. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mumps (Definition)

A viral infection of children caused by the paramyxovirus virus. The salivary glands (especially the parotid glands behind the ears) swell. The paramyxovirus virus is spread by direct contact with an infected person's sneeze or cough. With nearly universal immunization in childhood, there are few cases ...Read more


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Can you get the mumps more than once?

Can you get the mumps more than once?

No: Even though mumps is very contagious, a person that has already had mumps once in their lifetime will never be able to get it again. They get life long immunity. So, the answer is no, you cannot get mumps more than once in your lifetime. The vaccination should protect you also. ...Read more

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What to do if I get mumps?

What to do if I get mumps?

Symptomatic care: Stay away from people. Not much else you can do except eat properly. ...Read more

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Will you get mumps at any age?

You Can: You sure can. Even immunized people will have the immunity wear off sometimes. But immunization is still the best prevention. ...Read more

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Can a child get mumps if he had the shot as a baby?

Can a child get mumps if he had the shot as a baby?

Possible: Even with proper immunizations including boosters, the vaccines do not ever provide 100% protection. However, since most children currently are immunized, the risk of mumps is currently low. There has been a major increase seen in the mid-atlantic area, due to foreign exposures and under immunizations. It is still crucial to immunize. ...Read more

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I get mumps 7 times. What am going to do? Am worried about my health.

I get mumps 7 times. What am going to do? Am worried about my health.

Doubt mumps: There are many possible agents that can infect the salivary glands including mumps. With the recurrence I would wonder if something else is going on. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to get mumps even after being vaccinated?

Is it possible for me to get mumps even after being vaccinated?

Yes: Unfortunately no vaccine is guaranteed to work in 100% of the patients 100% of the time. But still well worth doing! ...Read more

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Is it possible to get mumps even if you were vaccinated when you were a child?

Is it possible to get mumps even if you were vaccinated when you were a child?

Yes: Vaccines have decreased illness rates dramatically, but there are some people who don't respond to vaccines and are still susceptible. This is one reason that a large percentage of the population needs to be immunized to make a dent in the transmission of a disease. Herd immunity protects if the immunizations aren't effective. (if others in the herd don't have mumps, you won't get mumps.). ...Read more

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Where can I get a mumps antibody titre?

Where can I get a mumps antibody titre?

Laboratory: Ask your physician to have the titer drawn at a laboratory. ...Read more

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What could happen if you don't have the MMR jab? I know you could get the illnesses (measles, mumps and rubella) but is there anything else?

What could happen if you don't have the MMR jab? I know you could get the illnesses (measles, mumps and rubella) but is there anything else?

Long term issues: Measles:can cause encephalitis with brain damage in 1/1000 and death in 3/1000 cases. Mumps can cause pregnancy loss, male sterility, mild encephalitis, other problems and occasional death in adults. Rubella, while relatively mild in most, occasionally produces encephalitis in the patient. It is well known for producing miscarriage, birth defects and mental retardation in infants infected in the womb. ...Read more

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Just got mmr booster for immigration purposes-- found records that I was immune already but got the shot anyway. Is this bad? Will I get mumps?

No: Repeating the vaccine just reminds your system to be vigilant & fight off those germs if exposed. It would not put you at any extra risk of any disease. ...Read more

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Could a child who has had the MMR vaccination still get the mumps?

Could a child who has had the MMR vaccination still get the mumps?

Mumps after MMR: Probably only happens if the vaccine didn't "take". That means the vaccine is a weak virus that may not have survived until it was injected due to vaccine handling or host (patient) factors. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could my son get mumps from the vaccine two weeks too early?

Thoughts? Could my son get mumps from the vaccine two weeks too early?

Confusing question: You do not get the mumps from the vaccine. If the vaccine was given two weeks early, it is likely just as effective as if it were given on time. Some school systems/state health departments require that the vaccine be given on or after the birth date, but that is more a legislative issue & bureaucracy than a true need. I had to repeat the vaccine for several kids when the state law changed. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to get the mumps vaccine after you have already been exposed?

Is it necessary to get the mumps vaccine after you have already been exposed?

Depends.............: The only way to determine if you have immunity against the virus, you would need an antibody titer. If it is in the accepted protective range, then no. If the tier is below that level, then any exposure you might have had with the virus was not sufficient to produce immunity and you should then receive the mumps vaccine. ...Read more

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Docs, could a child who has had the MMR vaccination still get the mumps?

Docs, could a child who has had the MMR vaccination still get the mumps?

Yes: Recent imported cases from overseas to the houston area were found to have infected some who had received only one dose of vaccine. Protection for up to 85% is accomplished with the first dose and the 2nd dose brings it up to 95% or more. Any unvaccinated kid is at high risk as long as international air travel can bring it in to the country during a contagious phase. ...Read more

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What is the incubation period of mumps? My friend has it and I'm worried I might get it now. He's been coughing and sneezing around me a lot.

What is the incubation period of mumps? My friend has it and I'm worried I might get it now. He's been coughing and sneezing around me a lot.

Mumps: According to the CDC, the average incubation period for mumps is 16 to 18 days, with a range of 12 to 25 days. Clinical Features. Mumps usually involves pain, tenderness, and swelling in one or both parotid salivary glands (cheek and jaw area). It is spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions or saliva or through fomites (foreign objects). Get immunized and stay away is best. ...Read more

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Can I get a mumps vaccine while pregnant?

Can I get a mumps vaccine while pregnant?

No: All live vaccines like the measles, mumps & rubella should be avoided in pregnancy. Of the few accidental administrations reviewed, no bad outcomes have been recorded, but the potential for fetal transmission & problems cannot be ruled out. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have had the mumps as a child can you still get chicken pox as a teenager?

Different diseases: Yes, they are different diseases. Having one will not create immunity to the other. ...Read more

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I have the mumps and my daughter is 8 and a half months. Will she get the mumps too? She still didn't get the MMR vaccine

I have the mumps and my daughter is 8 and a half months. Will she get the mumps too? She still didn't get the MMR vaccine

Likely: Your daughter has likely been fully exposed to the mumps virus from before you knew you were ill. She will likely have it. The MMR is seldom given before a year of age except when a person will travel in a country with a lot of mumps. ...Read more

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I get mumps 6 years ago. I have swallowed tender and painful parotid gland on right side now. And alao I feel catching cold. Is it mumps again?

Parotitis: Mumps rarely occurs twice. More likely to have parotitis due to another virus or bacteria. Also a stone in the parotid gland can cause inflammation and swelling. Follow up with doctor for definitive diagnosis and care. ...Read more

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Would there be any reason to get the measles / mumps / rubella vaccine again?

Why 2 MMR's: Actually the 2nd MMR is not given as a booster like all other vaccine series but because 15% of first MMR recipients are 'non responders' and the second dose is meant to catch those in that 15% group. Two MMR doses were found to catch most everyone where one dose missed. If you, instead, have serologic proof you responded to the first dose, repeat vaccine is not needed. ...Read more

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Blood work showed I am only not immune to mumps only but I got the MMR vaccine two years ago. Is this possible? Safe to get it again?

Blood work showed I am only not immune to mumps only but I got the MMR vaccine two years ago. Is this possible? Safe to get it again?

It is safe: For some reason your body did not make any antibodies in response to the first MMR. I would definitely get a second dose and then blood work to see if it "took". ...Read more

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Is it possible to get one IgG titer for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and varicella if I don't have my immunization card?

Separate issues: There are lab tests available for each of the four agents you listed. Contact your pcp to see if they can be drawn at their office or at a separate lab site. ...Read more

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Should adults around age 58 get an MMR vaccine? I can't be sure that I had the mumps but had "swollen glands" in childhood.

Should adults around age 58 get an MMR vaccine? I can't be sure that I had the mumps but had "swollen glands" in childhood.

Won't hurt: We have seen a recent rise in measles cases imported by international travel, (Houston, Ohio).As such, it is reasonable for anyone with an unsure history or who was born prior to 1990 to have a dose. Prior to 1990's we give only one dose of MMR at a yr and about 15% of the population remained at risk. Second doses were given to many into their teens at that time but many were missed. ...Read more

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How can I treat mumps?

How can I treat mumps?

Mumps: Mumps is a viral illness that takes its course. Treatment is symptomatic like using fever reducers and anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen for pain/inflammation. ...Read more

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How do we treat mumps?

How do we treat mumps?

Prevention: Mumps virus is reasonably preventabe by receiving the proper doses of vaccine. This vaccine has decades of proven safety and efficacy. Keep in mind, it may be neccessary to boost your immune response with a booster dose in teens or adulthood. Mumps virus has no good medical therapy other than treating the symptoms. ...Read more

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How should I treat mumps?

Prevention: Mumps can be a very serious disease causing swollen glands, swelling of the testicles, encephalitis. It can lead to sterility. There are no good antiviral cures. Prevention is best thru immunizations. ...Read more

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Have mumps been eradicated?

Have mumps been eradicated?

No: The only infectious disease to have been completely eradicated is smallpox.Compared to smallpox, the measles virus is considerably more contagious, capable of causing large outbreaks even in population with high vaccine coverage. ...Read more

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How could you cure a mumps?

How could you cure a mumps?

Let me advise you: Because mumps is caused by a virus, antibiotics aren't effective. Like most viral illnesses, a mumps infection must simply run its course. Fortunately, most children and adults recover from an uncomplicated case of mumps within about two weeks.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you catch the mumps?

How do you catch the mumps?

Air born: Person suffering from mumps can spread infections thru droplets. ...Read more

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How is the mumps transmitted?

How is the mumps transmitted?

Read belw please.: Mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Items used by an infected person, such as soft drink cans or eating utensils, can also be contaminated with the virus, which may spread to others if those items are shared. In addition, the virus may spread when someone with mumps touches items. ...Read more

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Any old remedies for the mumps?

Vaccinate: The real remedy is to not get the disease at all. The vaccine can prevent one from getting mumps and is quite effective and safe. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Mumps?

The symptoms of Mumps include:: Aseptic meningitis, Fever, malaise, aches, Hearing loss, Inflammation of the brain, Orchitis, Tender swollen lump in breast. ...Read more

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Help. What can I do to cure mumps?

Comfort measures: Mumps is a viral infection that must run it's course. Keeping comfortable, staying well hydrated and consuming enough food to heal are the basics. You must be aware of the many systems involved and their symptoms. Headaches, facial swelling, a mono like lethargy are all possible. Older males can develop testicular swelling and pain. In time it will pass. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have mumps twice?

Mumps: Only if your mumps titer (the antibody level in the blood to the mumps virus) gets too low. If you are immunocompromised you could be at risk. ...Read more