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Mmrv Vaccine for Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about the MMRV vaccine?

The MMRV vaccine is an injection given to help prevent measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). These diseases are caused by viruses that spread easily from person to person. The MMRV vaccine is given to children 12 months to 12 years of age. It may be given with other vaccines, if they are not live vaccines.

When should my child get the MMRV vaccine?

Your child should receive 2 doses:

Recommended MMRV Immunization Schedule

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

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

Your child may need to wait to get MMRV, or instead get separate measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella vaccines. Tell the provider if:

What are the risks of the MMRV vaccine?

Your child's joints may become painful and swollen. Your child may develop a fever, mild rash, or swollen neck or cheek glands. Your child may have an allergic reaction to the vaccine. The vaccine may cause pneumonia or swelling of the brain and spinal cord. It may also cause a low platelet count, which can lead to life-threatening internal bleeding. Your child may have a seizure, usually from a fever. This is more likely if your child gets MMRV as the first dose in the series.

What safety precautions are needed after a varicella vaccine?

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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