Organizations such as the Immunization Action Coalition and Vaccine Information provide online photographs of people with mumps. Mumps is a viral infection that can lead to discomfort and swelling in the salivary glands, particularly the ones between the jaw and the ear, notes WebMD.
An infected person can spread mumps a week before and nine days after the symptoms show. However, some people do not develop any gland swelling with mumps. Instead, they feel like someone gave them the flu or a bad cold. After 10 days or so, mumps generally goes away. However, it can lead to conditions that harm the testicles, the ovaries, the pancreas and even the brain, explains WebMD.
At one time, mumps was a common disease for children in Canada and the United States, notes WebMD. However, now that the vaccine is part of the typical childhood shot regimen, most children are immune. The vaccine is packaged with the MMR group, which covers measles, mumps and rubella, or the MMRV, which vaccinates for mumps, measles, rubella and varicella/chicken pox. While mumps vaccines are part of what children receive as part of their immunizations, those who don't get the shot can contract mumps when an infected person shares food or sneezes or coughs nearby.