Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine
Generic name: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine [ MEE-zels, mumpz-& roo-BEL-a- VYE-rus-vak-SEEN ]
Brand name: M-M-R II
Drug class: Vaccine combinations
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 7, 2022.
Uses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine:
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine?
- If you are allergic to measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine; any part of measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: A blood disease, a weak immune system like HIV or AIDS, active TB (tuberculosis) that is not being treated, an illness with a fever, cancer, or low blood levels of gamma globulin.
- If a family member has had immune system problems.
- If you are taking any drugs to suppress your immune system. This may be certain doses of steroids like prednisone. This does not apply to people taking steroids for certain health problems like Addison's disease. There are many drugs that can suppress your immune system. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- If you have had any of these within the past 3 months: Blood transfusion, plasma transfusion, or immune globulin.
- If you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant within the next 3 months. Do not take measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine if you are pregnant or if you are planning to get pregnant within the next 3 months.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have a TB skin test after recent use of this vaccine, tell your doctor that you have gotten the vaccine.
- If you are allergic to eggs, talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
- Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy for 3 months after taking measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine.
- If you get pregnant within 3 months after getting measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine) best taken?
Use measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of a pancreas problem (pancreatitis) like very bad stomach pain, very bad back pain, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.
- Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
- Feeling confused.
- Change in how you act.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Change in balance.
- Trouble walking.
- Swelling of the testicles.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- Swollen gland.
- Shortness of breath.
- Change in hearing.
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
What are some other side effects of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Burning or stinging.
- Pain, redness, or swelling where the shot was given.
- Mild fever.
- Feeling dizzy, tired, or weak.
- Feeling irritable.
- Joint pain or swelling.
- Muscle pain.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine?
- If you need to store measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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