The mumps vaccine is combined with the measles and rubella vaccine (MMR vaccine), so a person can receive protection from several diseases with one shot.
The vaccine is free and recommended for children as part of their childhood immunizations, and routinely given at 12 months and between 4-6 years of age.
It is recommended that people born in 1970 or later get 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. This is especially important for travelers.
Mumps vaccine effectiveness has been estimated at 62% to 91% for one dose and 76% to 95% for two doses.
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Last Updated: July 7, 2014