Tip of the Week – Mumps


A mumps outbreak has been declared in South and Edmonton zones of Alberta Health Services. Pharmacy technicians can help mitigate this outbreak by ensuring that both our patients and ourselves are up to date with immunizations.

Routine Mumps Immunization Recommendations from Alberta Health Services:

  • Children should receive one dose of vaccine at 12 months of age, and a second dose between four years and six years of age. By the age of six, all Albertan children should have received two doses of mumps-containing vaccine.
  • Adults (18 years of age and older) and born in 1970 or later should have at least one dose of mumps-containing vaccine. (Note: two doses are recommended for post-secondary students of this age and for all healthcare workers)
  • Those born before 1970 are assumed to be immune due to the fact that mumps was extremely common prior to vaccine being available. (Note: one dose is recommended for post-secondary students of this age; two doses are recommended for all healthcare workers)

If you or your patients are unsure of your immunization status you can call HealthLink at 811 for more information.

To learn more about mumps and the current outbreak you can visit: