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The MMR-Var vaccine protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox).
Children starting at age 12 months up to and including 12 years get this vaccine. You do not get this vaccine if you are older than 12 years.
Babbies age 9 to 11 months who are having an organ transplant may also get this vaccine. Babies younger than 9 months do not get this vaccine.
Children need 2 doses. As of January 1, 2021, children get their first dose at age 12 months and the second dose at age 18 months.
If your child didn’t get an MMR-Var vaccine at age 18 months, they’ll get it at age 4 years.
The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. The VZ vaccine protects against chickenpox.
After 2 doses, protection is about:
You can get the vaccine at a public health office in your area.
There can be side effects from the MMR-Var vaccine. They tend to be mild and go away in a few days, but side effects can happen up to 6 weeks after having this vaccine. They may include:
It’s important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you will get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It’s rare to have a serious side effect after a vaccine. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
Your child may not be able to get this vaccine if they:
Your child can still get the vaccine if they have a mild illness such as a cold or fever. Always tell your healthcare provider if your child has allergies or if they have had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
Check with your child's doctor or a public health nurse before they get the vaccine.
What is measles?
Measles is a virus that spreads easily through the air when someone who has measles coughs or sneezes. It can cause:
Measles can be dangerous because:
Go to the
measles page on MyHealth.Alberta.ca to find out more.
What is mumps?
Mumps is a virus that spreads by coughing, sneezing, or contact with saliva (such as kissing or sharing toys). You can have no symptoms but still spread mumps. It can cause:
Go to the
mumps page on MyHealth.Alberta.ca to find out more.
What is rubella? Rubella is a virus that spreads by coughing or sneezing. It’s usually mild. It can cause:
If you get rubella while you’re pregnant, it can cause a miscarriage (loss of a baby before 20 weeks of pregnancy) or the baby may be born with disabilities.
Go to the
rubella page on MyHealth.Alberta.ca to find out more.
What is varicella (chickenpox)? Chickenpox is a virus that can cause a fever and an itchy rash that looks like small water-filled blisters. It spreads easily through the air by coughing, sneezing, or touching open blisters.
It’s usually mild, but can be more serious in newborns, adults, and people with weak immune systems. Up to 1 in 10 people who get chickenpox can have:
Go to the
chickenpox (varicella) page on MyHealth.Alberta.ca to find out more.
Current as of: September 1, 2021
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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