Mumps on the Medford/Somerville campus

Cases of mumps have been confirmed on the Medford/Somerville campus of Tufts University. The most recent university messages regarding mumps are listed below.

What You Need to Know

  • The main symptom of mumps is swelling and pain of the salivary gland located along the angle of your jaw, slightly below your ear.
  • There is no medication for mumps—it has to run its course.
  • All incoming Tufts students are required to have 2 mumps shots (MMR, or Mumps, Measles and Rubella). However, the immunization is not completely effective and the protection can decrease with time, so some fully immunized students are still susceptible.
  • The infection is spread by respiratory droplets, i.e., by sneezes and coughs, sharing drinks, and close social contact.
  • The incubation period for mumps is 12-25 days, and you are contagious for 3 days before you develop symptoms and for 5 full days after symptoms start.

University Messages


More Information

Please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information about mumps.
www.cdc.gov/mumps