Immunization protects you from disease.Get protected, get immunized.
The MMR vaccine protects against the diseases measles, mumps, and rubella.
The following people should have this vaccine:
Children – measles, mumps, rubella: Children need 2 doses. They usually get the first dose at age 12 months and the second at age 4 years. This is usually given combined with the chickenpox vaccine (MMR-Var).
Any doses you get before you’re age 12 months don’t count as part of the 2 doses.
Adults - Measles and Mumps:
The MMR-Var vaccine protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox) together.
After 1 dose, protection is estimated to be:
You can get the vaccine at a public health office in your area.
There can be side effects from the MMR 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.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
Check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
You can still have the vaccine if you have a mild illness, such as a cold or fever. Always tell your healthcare provider if you have allergies or if you’ve had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
If you’re planning to get pregnant, you need to wait 1 month after having this vaccine before you start trying to get pregnant.
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 are pregnant, it can cause a
miscarriage or the baby may be born with disabilities.
Go to the
rubella page on MyHealth.Alberta.ca to find out more.
Current as of: August 6, 2020
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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