MMR Vaccine (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
Why get vaccinated?
Measles, mumps, and rubella are viral diseases that can have serious consequences. Before vaccines, these diseases were very common in the United States, especially among children. They are still common in many parts of the world.
Rubella(also known asGerman Measles):
These diseases can easily spread from person to person. Measles doesn't even require personal contact. You can get measles by entering a room that a person with measles left up to 2 hours before.
Vaccines and high rates of vaccination have made these diseases much less common in the United States.
Childrenshould get 2 doses of MMR vaccine, usually:
Infants who will be traveling outside the United States when they are between 6 and 11 months of ageshould get a dose of MMR vaccine before travel. This can provide temporary protection from measles infection but will not give permanent immunity. The child should still get 2 doses at the recommended ages for long-lasting protection.
Adultsmight also need MMR vaccine. Many adults 18 years of age and older might be susceptible to measles, mumps, and rubella without knowing it.
A third dose of MMR might be recommended in certain mumps outbreak situations.
There are no known risks to getting MMR vaccine at the same time as other vaccines.
Some people should not get this vaccine
Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:
Risks of a vaccine reaction
With any medicine, including vaccines, there is a chance of reactions. These are usually mild and go away on their own, but serious reactions are also possible.
Getting MMR vaccine is much safer than getting measles, mumps, or rubella disease. Most people who get MMR vaccine do not have any problems with it.
After MMR vaccination, a person might experience:
If these events happen, they usually begin within 2 weeks after the shot. They occur less often after the second dose.
Severe events occur very rarely:
Other things that could happen after this vaccine:
As with any medicine, there is a very remote chance of a vaccine causing a serious injury or death.
The safety of vaccines is always being monitored. For more information, visit:http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/
What if there is a serious problem?
What should I look for?
What should I do?
VAERS does not give medical advice.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal program that was created to compensate people who may have been injured by certain vaccines.
Persons who believe they may have been injured by a vaccine can learn about the program and about filing a claim by calling1-800-338-2382or visiting the VICP website athttp://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation. There is a time limit to file a claim for compensation.
How can I learn more?
MMR Vaccine Information Statement. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Immunization Program. 2/12/2018.
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