The Easiest Ways to Prevent Mumps

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Mump – swollen side og the face

Mumps is generally a viral infection that is characterized by a swelling of one or both salivary glands that commonly occurs in children. Most children who are infected or diagnosed with mumps have a swollen side of the face and some even suffer from a whole face being swollen.

There aren’t a lot of ways to help prevent mumps but there are few proven and effective preventive measures against it.

  • Get a vaccination against mumps. Vaccination can be either of the two types which are the MMR and the MMRV vaccine. The MMR vaccine prevents measles, mumps and rubella while the MMRV vaccine prevents measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (also known as chickenpox). Children are often required to receive two shots of this vaccine which should be given at 12 to 15 months of age and the other one given when the child is 4 to 6 years old.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Regular washing of hands prevents virus and bacteria from spreading. Children should be taught with regards to the proper way of washing hands.
  • Wash utensils, toys and other objects that frequently come into contact with hands with soap and water. It is better to disinfect these objects as they might contain viruses and bacteria as well.
  • Be careful around people who have mumps. If you work in a medical facility or you are exposed to family members and friends who have mumps, it is better to avoid being in contact with them. Do not share utensils with people who have mumps.

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