Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine

Generic Name: measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MEE-zills, mumps, and rue-BELL-a)
Brand Name: M-M-R II

Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is used for:

Preventing measles, mumps, and rubella.

Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is a vaccine. It works by helping the body make antibodies against infection of measles, mumps, or rubella.

Do NOT use measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, including gelatin, or you have a severe allergy to neomycin
  • you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant within the next 3 months
  • you have a weakened immune system (eg, HIV or AIDS), a blood disease, low blood levels of gamma globulin, untreated active tuberculosis (TB), an illness with a fever, or cancer affecting the bone marrow or lymph systems (eg, leukemia, lymphoma)
  • you take medicine to suppress your immune system (eg, certain doses of corticosteroids, such as prednisone). This does not apply to people taking corticosteroids for certain conditions (eg, Addison disease). Talk with your doctor

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine:

Some medical conditions may interact with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines (eg, neomycin), foods (eg, eggs), or other substances (eg, gelatin)
  • if you have a fever
  • if you have a family history of immune system problems
  • if you have recently received a blood or plasma transfusion, or human immune serum globulin
  • if you have or have had a low blood platelet count
  • if you or a family member has ever had seizures
  • if you have a history of brain injury

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. However, no specific interactions with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine:

Use measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor any questions that you may have about measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.
  • If you miss a dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

Important safety information:

  • If you have a TB skin test after recent use of this vaccine, tell your doctor that you have received this vaccine.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine if you are pregnant. If you suspect that you could be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. After getting this vaccine, do not become pregnant for 3 months. It is unknown if measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning or stinging at the injection site; fever; joint pain or swelling.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); change in behavior; fainting; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; swelling of the testicles; unusual bruising or bleeding.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine:

Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is handled and stored by a health care provider. Keep measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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