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Mumps and Adults

The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to help protect against mumps. Among those vaccinated, some may still get mumps if they are exposed to the virus but the risk of getting the disease in a vaccinated person is much lower compared to an unvaccinated person.

Adults should ensure they are up to date on MMR vaccination.

Anyone born during or after 1957 who has never had mumps or has never been vaccinated should get vaccinated.

College students who do not have evidence of immunity need two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.

If they are susceptible, other adults at higher risk, such as international travelers and healthcare professionals, should also get two doses of the MMR vaccine.



Updated June 2020

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention