Facts about the MMR vaccine

Last Saturday, our daughter was injected with the MMR vaccine. I thought it might be helpful to share with you some facts that I researched on about this vaccine.

What is the MMR vaccine?

It protects your child against 3 viruses: measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles).

Measles: highly contagious; symptoms are rash, fever, runny nose, cough, and eye irritation; complications include ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, seizures, encephalitis, brain damage, and death.

Mumps: a viral infection that causes a fever, headache, and inflammation of the glands under the jaw; complications include meningitis, encephalitis, and (rarely) deafness.

Rubella or German measles: characterized by a pinkish red rash that starts on the face, a mild fever, and swollen lymph nodes (but one can also have rubella without any symptoms);

When should my child have the MMR vaccine?

There are 2 recommended doses: the first dose given between 12 and 15 months, and the second dose given between 4 and 6 years old (or anytime as long as it’s at least 28 days after the first).

Are there any side effects?

Common mild reactions are a low fever and a mild rash.

Rare cases of swelling in the glands of the child’s neck or cheeks.


MMRV is just the same as MMR, except that it includes protection against the varicella virus, which causes chicken pox.

Source: http://www.babycenter.com/0_the-mmr-vaccine_1567.bc

I found a helpful immunization chart from this site: http://www.expectantmothersguide.com/library/EUSimmunization.htm

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