You are at risk if you were not vaccinated, have not had mumps, or have received notification that you may have been exposed to a person with a confirmed mumps infection. Please follow the action steps below.
If you have symptoms of mumps (see below), seek medical care. Students should call UHS at 512-471-4955 or the UHS 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line 512-475-NURS (6877) BEFORE COMING TO UHS. Let the nurse know that you have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed mumps infection. We will arrange to take care of you while reducing the risk of exposing other patients.
If you don't feel sick and have never been vaccinated for mumps, Students should call the UHS Allergy/Immunization Clinic (512) 475-8301 to schedule an appointment for a MMR vaccine. According to the CDC, vaccination after exposure is not harmful and may avert later disease.
If you don't feel sick and have been vaccinated for the mumps, no action is needed at this time. However, if you do start to experience symptoms, follow the steps outlined above under "If you have symptoms."
For Faculty and Staff: If you have symptoms of mumps or have questions about your vaccine status, you should call your primary care provider. The UT Select medical insurance plan for staff and faculty provides 100% coverage with zero co-pay or deductible for recommended vaccines, including the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR). Many local pharmacies are in-network and offer vaccine services on a walk-in basis. For information about UT Select preventative health services, visit the UT Select Living Well site.
Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days.
Mumps is best known for the swelling of the cheeks and jaw, which is a result of swelling of the salivary glands. People who show symptoms usually recover after a week or two, but mumps can occasionally cause serious complications.
The most common complication is swelling of the testicles in males who have reached puberty. Other rare complications include:
Preventing the Spread of Mumps
If you have mumps, there are several things you can do to avoid spreading the virus to others:
Resources for More Info
U.S. Centers for Disease Control cdc.gov/mumps
UHS 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line 512-475-NURS (6877)
Staff and Faculty that are UT Select participants may call the 24-hour Blue Cross Blue Shield Nurse Advice Line at 888-315-9473