MAY 9, 2006 -- POSTED AT 9:45 P.M. CDT
So what is the plan now?
The viral infection is highly contagious and can be spread through the air. Mumps can be prevented however, if your child receives a mumps vaccine between the ages of 12 and 15 months.
The mumps vaccine comes in a shot, referred to as the m-m-r shot, made to vaccinate against Mumps, Measles, and Rubella. It's a booster shot that most schools require before starting kindergarten, but you can receive the shot at any age. Everyone at Harvey Pediatrics, including the parents that came in direct contact with the children must be re-vaccinated according to the state health department's regulations.
"Once it's in an area it can start to spread a little bit, so it would be important for patients or parents to just make sure that their child's vaccines are up to date.))