Mumps

Find out how we define and monitor cases of mumps, how you can get vaccinated, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About mumps

Mumps is a highly contagious disease, spread through contact with an infected person. Symptoms including fever and swelling of the face. Mumps can affect people of all ages but can be prevented with vaccination. Mumps has no treatment – most people get better on their own.

Disease type:
Vaccine-preventable
Vaccination available under NIP:
Yes
Notifiable disease:
Yes

Prevention

Mumps can be prevented with vaccination. If you're eligible, you can get mumps vaccines for free under the National Immunisation Program. See more information about when to get vaccinated.  

Vaccination

Find out more about getting vaccinated against mumps.

Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

For information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's mumps page.

Surveillance and reporting

Mumps is a nationally notifiable disease.

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

For more on mumps in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence

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