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Mumps prevention

In Australia, children are immunised against mumps. The vaccine is given in combination with the measles and rubella vaccine. This is known as the 'MMR' vaccine.

Your child will receive the first immunisation dose of MMR at 12 months and a second dose at 18 months (MMRV). If the MMRV dose is not received at 18 months, MMR is given again at four years. Immunising your child with these two doses gives your child immunity against mumps in approximately 95% of cases.

Visit Immunise Australia to see the National Immunisation Program Schedule.

Some parents are concerned that the MMR vaccine is associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but no link has been found. If you have any concerns, you can discuss them with your doctor.

Last reviewed: August 2015

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