Mumps Information

Updated Mumps letter from DeSoto ISD - March 29

What is mumps?

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. There is no treatment for mumps, and it can cause long-term health problems. 

What are the symptoms of mumps?
Mumps usually causes the following symptoms for about 7 to 10 days:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite (not wanting to eat)
  • 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. 

The best way to protect against mumps is to get the measles-mumps-rubella shot (called the MMR shot). Doctors recommend that all children get the MMR shot.

Why should my child get the MMR shot? The MMR shot:

  • Protects your child from mumps, a potentially serious disease (and also protects against measles and rubella)
  • Prevents your child from getting a fever and swollen glands under the ears or jaw from mumps
  • Keeps your child from missing school or childcare (and keeps you from missing work to care for your sick child)

Check out the links below for more information
Mumps and the Vaccine (shot) to Prevent it
Las paperas y la vacuna que las previenen

Texas Immunization Exemptions information