I think my sons (born in 1992 and 1993)only got one dose of...

Question: 

I think my sons (born in 1992 and 1993)only got one dose of mumps vaccine, since the addition of a second dose was instituted in 1996. Maybe they got another in gr. 6 in BC?

Answer: 

The mumps vaccine is combined with the measles and rubella vaccine (MMR vaccine).  People born in 1992 and 1993 in BC would have likely received one dose of the MMR vaccine as part of their routine immunizations.  

The provincial mumps vaccine recommendations are outlined below. These recommendations may be different for select populations (for example, health care workers) and in outbreak situations.  There have been a small number of recently confirmed mumps cases in BC, however BC is not currently experiencing a mumps outbreak. 

Mumps vaccine recommendations:

One dose of mumps-containing vaccine (usually given as the MMR vaccine) is recommended for adults born in 1970 or later who do not have a history of mumps disease and laboratory confirmation of the same. The following groups need two doses:

  • children as per the routine schedule
  • students of post-secondary educational settings
  • travelers to outside of North America

People born before 1970 are generally assumed to have acquired immunity to mumps from natural infection. However, there may be susceptible people in this age group, and those who do not have a history of mumps disease or vaccine should talk to their health care provider about getting vaccinated.    

For measles protection, two doses of the MMR vaccine are recommended for people born in 1970 or later (who do not have laboratory evidence of measles immunity).

If you are unsure if your sons are up-to-date with their immunizations, we recommend that you contact your local public health unit and ask to speak with a public health nurse. A public health nurse can review their immunization records and let you know if they are missing any recommended vaccines.  

An important note about immunization records:

Without a record of immunization, or proof of immunity to a disease, a person is considered unimmunized and unprotected.  You can find tips on locating immunization records here

Vaccination is the best protection against mumps. For more information on the MMR vaccine, see the HealthLinkBC File: Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine.

For information about mumps disease, see the HealthLinkBC File: Mumps.

- Immunization Nurse