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Mumps is caused by a virus. The mumps virus can infect many parts of the body, especially the glands around the face. With mumps, these glands typically swell and become painful. Mumps can cause serious complications such as brain infections and infertility but this is very rare.

Children receive the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) at 15 months and 4 years as part of the standard immunisation schedule.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated November 2016.

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