BLOOMINGTON, Ind.–Two people have mumps at IU Bloomington, said the state health department. Most people don’t get mumps because of vaccinations. The health department confirmed the two people who have the mumps are students.
Neither the Monroe County Health Dept. or state health officers have talked about the condition of the students.
Mumps is contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms are fever, headache, and painfully swollen salivary glands that can cause puffy cheeks. Most people recover within weeks. Outbreaks are rare.
The mumps vaccine is part of routine childhood shots. U.S. health officials recommend that by age 6, all children get vaccinated for mumps, measles and rubella.
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