The cost of the vaccine is £50.00
2 doses are required.
This Vaccine is recommended to be administered within a £85.00 GP Consultation with comprehensive advice. However, you may wish to have the vaccination only without a consultation which costs £25.00
MMR Vaccine is administered to prevent measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).
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 single 0.5mL dose is used for children and adults.
People who receive MMR vaccination are usually considered protected for life against measles and rubella.
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 get MMR vaccine do not have any serious problems with it. Getting MMR vaccine is much safer than getting measles, mumps or rubella.
Measles starts as a fever, cough, runny nose, conjuctivitis (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 can cause seizures and brain damage.
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 lead to 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. But if a pregnant woman gets rubella, it can be devastating. If they're infected 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.
MMR is a two-shot series of vaccines 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.
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.