MMR Vaccine - Measles, Mumps, Rubella

What You Need to Know

Measles, mumps, and rubella are serious diseases. Before vaccines they were very common, especially among children.

Measles virus causes rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever.
It can lead to ear infection, pneumonia, seizures (jerking and staring), brain damage, and death.

Mumps virus causes fever, headache, muscle pain, loss of appetite, and swollen glands. It can lead to deafness, meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord covering), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and rarely sterility.

Rubella virus causes rash, arthritis (mostly in women), and mild fever.
If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious birth defects.

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These diseases spread from person to person through the air. You can easily catch them by being around someone who is already infected.

Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine can protect children (and adults) from all three of these diseases.

Thanks to successful vaccination programs these diseases are much less common in the U.S. than they used to be. But if we stopped vaccinating they would return.

Who Should Get the MMR Vaccine

Children should get 2 doses of MMR vaccine:

First Dose: 12-15 months of age
Second Dose: 4-6 years of age (may be given earlier, if at least 28 days after the 1st dose)
Some infants younger than 12 months should get a dose of MMR if they are traveling out of the country. (This dose will not count toward their routine series.)

Some adults should also get MMR vaccine: Generally, anyone 18 years of age or older who was born after 1956 should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine, unless they can show that they have either been vaccinated or had all three diseases.

MMR vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.

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