Common questions about mumps
Mumps is caused by a virus. The virus is spread though close contact with an infected person, and can also be spread through the air when a person with mumps sneezes or coughs. Children can also be infected with mumps if they touch their eyes or mouth after touching toys or other items that someone with mumps has handled.
The most typical signs of mumps are fever, headache and swelling of the glands that are under the ears or jaw. This swelling – which is painful – can happen on one or both sides of your child’s face, and will make your child’s cheeks bulge out. Your child may also experience earaches and sore muscles, or lose his or her appetite.
Your child may have redness, swelling and soreness where the needle was given. These side effects will be temporary, lasting for only one or two days. Four to 12 days after getting the immunization, your children may also develop a slight fever, a red blotchy rash, and/or small blisters. These side effects are also temporary. For tips on managing side effects after immunization, click here.
No, vaccines do not cause autism. Research has found no link between vaccine and autism. You may have heard about Andrew Wakefield, a British surgeon who suggested a link between autism and vaccine. What you may not have heard is that the research he published was found to be false, and Wakefield had his medical licence taken away because of this. In January 2010, Britain’s statutory tribunal of the General Medical Council found Wakefield guilty of four counts of dishonesty and 12 counts involving the abuse of developmentally challenged children, as it pertained to his false research on autism.