MMR Vaccine is administered to prevent measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).
The cost of the vaccine is £50.00 per dose.
2 doses are required.
The Adult Vaccine can be administered by MUMS Private GP within a £25.00 Vaccination Appointment.
The Child Vaccine can be administered by MUMS Paediatric Consultant within a £50.00 Vaccination Appointment.
The single 0.5mL dose is used for children and adults.
MMR is usually given during childhood. A child should receive the first shot when they are between 12-15 months, and the second when they're between 4-6 years of age.
People who receive the MMR vaccination are usually considered protected for life against measles, mumps and rubella.
It works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against measles, mumps and rubella which are all infectious diseases caused by viruses.
The MMR vaccine is very safe, and it is effective at preventing measles, mumps, and rubella. Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects. Most people who have the MMR vaccine do not have any serious problems. Ensuring one has MMR vaccine is much safer than getting measles, mumps or rubella.
Measles starts as a fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. If the virus infects the lungs, it can cause pneumonia. Measles in older children can lead to inflammation of the brain, called encephalitis, which causes seizures and brain damage in some cases.
The mumps virus usually causes swelling in glands just below the ears, giving the appearance of chipmunk cheeks. Before the vaccine, mumps was the most common cause of both meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and acquired deafness in the U.S. In men, mumps can infect the testicles, which can cause infertility.
Rubella is also known as German measles. It can cause a mild rash on the face, swelling of glands behind the ears, and in some cases, swelling of the small joints and low-grade fever. Most children recover quickly with no lasting effects. If a pregnant woman gets rubella during the first trimester of pregnancy, there's at least a 20% chance their child will have a birth defect such as blindness, deafness, a heart defect, or intellectual disabilities.
If you're not sure if you have had the diseases or the vaccines (prior to 1971 it was given in three separate shots), you can get the MMR vaccine as an adult.