What is Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR)?
Measles, mumps, and rubella are all serious diseases.
Measles can lead to:
- Fever, eye irritation, runny nose, cough and rash
- Lead to seizures, pneumonia, ear infection, brain damage and in rare cases death.
Mumps can lead to:
- Swollen glands, headaches and fever.
- It can cause meningitis, deafness, swelling that can include pain of the ovaries and testicles.
Rubella may cause:
- Arthritis, mild fever, and rash.
- If a woman contracts rubella while pregnant, it may result in a miscarriage or the baby being born with serious birth defects.
Who needs the Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR) vaccination? When?
Children need to have two doses of the MMR vaccine:
- Dose one should be between 12 to 15 months old
- Dose two should be between 4 to 6 years old.
While these are the recommended ages, the fact is a child can get the 2nd dose at any age just as long as 28 days have passed since the first vaccine dose was given.
Anyone over the age 18 and who was born after 1956 should also receive at least one dose of the vaccine.
What are the risks of the Mumps-Measles Rubella (MMR) vaccine?
It is very rare that the MMR vaccine will cause a serious reaction.
Mild issues of the vaccine include a fever, a mild rash as well as swelling of the glands in the neck or cheeks. Moderate reactions include seizures, stiffness and mild pain in the joints and a low platelet count for a temporary period of time. Serious reactions include deafness, lowered consciousness, and permanent brain damage.
How can I learn more about the Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR) vaccine?
Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.