MMR Vaccine

What does the MMR vaccine do?

The MMR vaccine is a “three-in-one” vaccine that protects against measles, mumps, and rubella — all of which are potentially serious diseases of childhood.

How many doses will I need?

One MMR shot protects most people from contracting measles, mumps, or rubella through their lives. The second is recommended for people who may not have received full protection from the first MMR shot.

Why should I get the MMR vaccine?

The potential benefits of receiving the MMR vaccine far outweigh the potential risks. Measles, mumps, and rubella are all severe illnesses. They each can have complications that lead to lifetime disability or even death. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.

Who is the MMR vaccine recommended for?

  • Children between 12 and 15 months old
  • Before a child enters kindergarten
  • Adults over the age of 18 who were born after 1956 should receive the vaccine if they only had one before starting school

It’s important to remember that you should always get vaccinations four to six weeks before you travel to give the vaccination time to start working in the body and protect you while you’re abroad.

Who should not get the vaccine?

Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant within the next one to three months should not receive the vaccine as it may potentially harm the baby.

Are there any potential side effects or risks associated with the MMR vaccine?

Most people who receive the MMR vaccine will not have any side effects. Others may have minor problems, such as soreness or redness where the shot was given or fevers. Serious side effects from the MMR vaccine are rare.