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MMR Vaccine for Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is the MMR vaccine?

The MMR vaccine is an injection given to help prevent measles, mumps, and rubella.

When should my child get the MMR vaccine?

The vaccine is usually given in 2 doses, but 3 doses are sometimes given. Your child's healthcare provider will tell you if your child needs a third dose, and when to get it.

Recommended MMR Immunization Schedule

What are reasons my child should not get the MMR vaccine?

What are reasons my child should wait to get the MMR vaccine?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What are the risks of the MMR vaccine?

The area where the vaccine was given may be red, tender, or swollen. Your child may get a fever, mild rash, or swollen glands in his or her cheeks or neck. Your child's joints may be painful and swollen. Your child may have an allergic reaction to the vaccine. The MMR vaccine may cause a low platelet count, which may lead to internal bleeding. This can be life-threatening.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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