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Mumps is a vaccine-preventable disease

Which Diseases Do Vaccines Protect Against?1

The Canadian publicly funded health care system offers protection against 13 vaccine-preventable diseases, TB protection in certain areas and HPV vaccine for older children.


Mumps is an acute infectious disease caused by the mumps virus.

Mumps can cause respiratory problems and acute swelling of the parotid glands, which are salivary glands located in the cheek, over the jaw, and in front of the ears.

Although complications are relatively frequent, permanent effects are rare. Before the widespread use of vaccination, mumps was a major cause of viral meningitis and is associated with hearing loss and pancreatitis.

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. Vaccine-preventable diseases.
    Accessed March 17, 2016.
  2. Public Health Agency of Canada. Mumps.
    Accessed March 29, 2016.