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Generic Name: mumps virus vaccine (Mumps)
Brand Name: Mumpsvax
Mumpsvax is used for:
Providing protection (immunity) against mumps infection in persons 12 months of age and older.
Mumpsvax is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to create antibodies, which provide protection against mumps infection.
Do NOT use Mumpsvax if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Mumpsvax, including gelatin
- you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, difficulty breathing) to neomycin
- you have a serious illness or infection
- you have a disease that affects the bone marrow or lymphatic system (eg, leukemia, lymphoma)
- you are pregnant
- you have a weakened immune system or are taking immunosuppressant medicines
- you have advanced HIV or AIDS, a blood disease, untreated active tuberculosis (TB), or a lack of B-lymphocytes (hypogammaglobulinemia)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Mumpsvax:
Some medical conditions may interact with Mumpsvax. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you are allergic to eggs; have a fever, a tumor, or HIV; or have a family history of immune system problems
- if you have ever had an allergic reaction affecting the skin from neomycin use
- if you have had a blood transfusion, have a low blood platelet count, or received human immune serum globulin within the last 3 months
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Mumpsvax. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- High-dose corticosteroids (eg, prednisone) because the effectiveness of this vaccine may be decreased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Mumpsvax may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Mumpsvax:
Use Mumpsvax as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- This vaccine is administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. It is given as part of the recommended immunization schedule for children and adults. Ask your doctor any questions that you may have about Mumpsvax.
- It is very important to receive each vaccine as scheduled. Be sure your doctor knows your or your child's vaccination history and medical record.
- If your child misses a dose of the vaccine series, contact your child's doctor immediately.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Mumpsvax.
Important safety information:
- If you have a TB skin test within 6 weeks of receiving this vaccine, tell the doctor that you have received this vaccine.
- Mumpsvax should not be given less than 1 month before or after administration of other live virus vaccines. Make sure your doctor knows your vaccination history.
- Mumpsvax is not recommended for use in INFANTS younger than 12 months of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Mumpsvax if you are pregnant. If you suspect that you could be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. After receiving Mumpsvax, do not become pregnant for at least 3 months without checking with your doctor. It is unknown if Mumpsvax is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Mumpsvax, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Mumpsvax:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Burning or stinging at the injection site; diarrhea; mild fever; mild swelling of lymph glands.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fainting; seizures; unusual bruising or bleeding.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Mumpsvax:
Mumpsvax is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Mumpsvax at home, store Mumpsvax as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Mumpsvax out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Mumpsvax, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Mumpsvax is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Mumpsvax or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Mumpsvax. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Mumpsvax. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Mumpsvax.