As children and adults spend more time indoors, the chance of exposure to the influenza (flu) virus increases.
Mumps was once a common illness. Prior to 1957, most adults contracted the illness. In 1964 there were 212,000 cases reported in the United States. However, by 2012 the number of reported cases of mumps had been reduced to just 212.
Mumps outbreaks are once again occurring in some states.
It is cold season. If it seems that your child catches more colds than you do, you may be correct. “On average, a child gets 6 to 10 colds each year – compared to 2 or 3 for an adult,” according to ParentSavvy.com expert Dr. Emilio Arispe, pediatrician with Methodist Physicians Clinic, 192 Dodge.