Mumps is a contagious infection caused by a virus. It causes fever, aches and pains, headaches and swelling of the glands around the jaw and cheeks. In severe cases, mumps can cause meningitis, a serious disease that infects the fluid around the brain and spinal cord or encephalitis (swelling in the brain). You can protect your child with a vaccine.
Immunization is one of the most important ways to keep your child healthy. Vaccines are very safe. There are rarely reasons to not get vaccinated. Here are some common myths and facts about vaccines.
Stressful public events can be hard for children and teens to cope with and understand. Shocking images on the news and on social media can be frightening and confusing. Here are some tips to make them feel better.