Preventing the spread of infection
If you or your child has mumps, it's important to prevent the infection spreading, particularly to younger people born between 1980 and 1990 (these people are unlikely to have immunity from a previous infection, and are also unlikely to have been vaccinated).
The best way to do this is to:
- stay away from school, college or work until 5 days after you first developed symptoms
- wash your hands regularly, using soap and water
- always use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately afterwards