MMR vaccines help to prevent measles, mumps and rubella. These vaccines contain weakened live viruses and are safe for healthy people. Please talk to our doctor if you have any concerns.
What is Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)?
Measles, Mumps and Rubella are air-borne diseases that are highly contagious. Getting an infection can lead to serious complications.
The Measles virus can cause the following symptoms:
It may also lead to serious complications such as ear infection, pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and can be fatal.
The Mumps virus can cause the following symptoms:
Loss of Appetite
Swollen Salivary Glands
It may also lead to serious complications such as deafness, meningitis, painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries and rarely sterility (the inability to produce children).
Rubella (German Measles)
The Rubella virus can cause the following symptoms:
Arthritis (mostly in women)
If a woman contracts rubella during pregnancy, it may lead to a miscarriage or even birth defects of the newborn.
Who should receive the MMR vaccine?
MMR Vaccine for Children
All children should receive two doses from age 12 months onwards, at least 4 weeks apart. Immunisation against measles is mandated by law and is a prerequisite for enrolment into schools
MMR Vaccine for Adults
Adults (18 years or older) who have not been vaccinated, or lack evidence of past infection or immunity should receive two doses (the first dose, and the second dose four weeks after the first dose).