What are symptoms?  After a person is exposed to mumps, symptoms usually appear in 16 to 18 days.  But, it can take 12 to 25 days after exposure. 

The symptoms are usually:

  • Low grade fever

  • Headache

  • Muscle aches

  • Stiff neck

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of appetite

  • Swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands

  • Some people have just mild symptoms, or no symptoms

How long is a person with mumps contagious?

A person with mumps can pass it to others from 2 to 3 days before the swelling starts until five days after the swelling begins.

What is the best way to prevent mumps?

We recommend that all children get the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

  • Children should get their first MMR shot at 12 through 15 months old (as soon as possible within this time period).  The second dose may be given as soon as one month after the first dose.  But, it is usually given between 4 and 6 years of age.

  • Children of preschool age, or adults not at high risk, are considered immune to mumps if they have proof of one valid dose of a mumps-containing vaccine.

  • You are also considered immune to mumps if you have a written lab report of immunity, or you were born before 1957.

  • Anyone who lacks proof of mumps immunity, as defined above, should receive at least one does of MMR vaccine.

What are the MMR vaccine requirements for school attendance?

  • For pre-kindergarten, including day care, Head Start or nursery school: one dose of MMR vaccine

  • Kindergarten to 12th grade: 2 doses of MMR vaccine

  • College: 2 doses of MMR vaccine

Check with your doctor is you are unsure if you are vaccinated against Mumps

Hepatitis A Outbreak Over....

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in October 26, 2018.  "The majority of Utah's outbreak-associated cases occurred in people who live along the Wasatch Front and reported illicit substance use and/or were experiencing homelessness," said Barbeau.  Public health officials expect to receive additional reports of outbreak-associated hepatitis A cases, however, their focus will be on monitoring cases and prevention activities, such as vaccinating the high-risk populations.  The UDOH would like to acknowledge the monumental efforts of private and community partners, and federal, state, and local government partners, especially local public health departments, to control this large hepatitis A outbreak.  Partners are encouraged to continue providing hepatitis A vaccination for people experiencing homelessness, along with other high-risk groups, including people using illicit substances and men who have sex with men.  Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis A virus.  Hepatitis A signs and symptoms usually appear two to six weeks after exposure and my include:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

  • Fatigue

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially in the area of your liver on your right side beneath your lower ribs

  • Clay-colored stools

  • Loss of appetite

  • Low-grade fever

Symptoms can range from a mild illness to a severe illness lasting several months.  People usually get hepatitis A by having close contact with someone who is infected, from food or drinks prepared by someone who is infected, or by eating shellfish harvested from sewage-contaminated water.  Sexual contact with someone who is infected with hepatitis A can also pose a risk for infection.

A vaccine to prevent against hepatitis A infection has been part of routine childhood immunization recommendations in Utah since 2002.  Dr. Dagmar Vitek, Salt Lake County Health Department medical director explains, "The vaccine is typically given in two or three doses, depending on the formulation and is nearly 100% effective at preventing illness.  To reduce your risk of catching or spreading the hepatitis A virus, always wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom, before preparing or eating food, and after coming in contact with fecal material."  The hepatitis A vaccine is available through health care providers, local public health department clinics, and pharmacies.  The vaccine is safe and effective for anyone who wants to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.  Contact your health care provider to determine whether you might be at risk for contracting hepatitis A.  More information about the outbreak is available at Persons with questions about hepatitis A should contact their health care provider or local public health department.



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