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Immunization

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

The MMR vaccine protects against infection from measles, mumps and rubella in one needle.
• Routinely given to all children after their first birthday.
• A 2nd dose of MMR is given to all children at 4 to 6 years of age as MMRV vaccine, which also protects against Varicella (Chickenpox).
• This vaccine may also be recommended for some adults based on risk factors and previous immunization history.
When given on the recommended schedule:
• 85-100% of those fully vaccinated are protected against measles after 1 dose.
• 76-95% of those fully vaccinated are protected against mumps.
• 95-100% of those fully vaccinated are protected against rubella.

• At this time there are no other ways to prevent these diseases.
• Hand washing and covering the mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing can help reduce the spread of disease.

• The risk of a serious reaction or side effect from this vaccine is much less than the risk of measles, mumps or rubella.
• If you experience any side effect worse than what is listed below, please seek medical advice and notify the health unit.

Common

• Mild pain at injection site
• Redness and swelling where needle was given

Less Common

• Fever, feeling unwell and/or rash 6-23 days after the needle was given. This rash is not contagious and goes away in a few days.
• Swelling of salivary glands
• Enlargement of lymph nodes
• Joint symptoms

Rare

• Blood disorder called Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) which effects how the blood clots. Most often resolves within 3 months after the needle was given.
• 1 in 1,000,000 people will develop swelling of the brain (encephalitis). 1 in 1000 of those with measles will also develop this swelling of the brain

• Anyone with an allergy to any of the vaccine components or who has had an allergic or anaphylactic reaction to this vaccine.

• This excludes allergy to eggs as the trace amount of egg protein in the MMR Vaccine appears to be insufficient to cause an allergic reaction.
• Hypersensitivity reactions that occur with MMR vaccination are usually due to other components of the vaccine (gelatin, neomycin).

• Anyone with a weakened immune system.
• Anyone who is pregnant. Women should delay pregnancy for one month after receiving a live vaccine.
• Anyone with active untreated tuberculosis (TB).
• Anyone who has had another live vaccine in the last 4 weeks

 

Priorix®

MMR®II

Also found in…

Egg protein

 

Eggs

Neomycin

Neomycin

Antibiotics

Lactose

 

Milk, Yogurt

Amino acids

 

Red meat, Quinoa

Mannitol

 

Mushrooms, trees

Sorbitol

Sorbitol

Laxatives, apricots, peaches

 

Phenol red

Medicine –to measure blood flow through kidneys

 

Porcine gelatin

Lunch meats, frozen desserts

 

Residual components of chick embryo cell cultures

Eggs

 

Fetal bovine serum

Antibiotics/Anti-inflammatories

 

Medium 199 with Hank’s salts

Cell culture

 

Minimum essential medium (Eagle)

Cell culture

 

Monosodium L-glutamate monohydrate

Tomatoes, parmesan cheese

 

Potassium phosphate dibasic (anhydrous)

Food additive

 

Potassium phosphate monobasic

Food additive

 

Recombinant human albumin

Drug manufacturing

 

Sodium bicarbonate

Antacids

 

Sodium phosphate dibasic/monobasic

Laxatives, food additive-emulsifier, leavening agent for baked goods

 

Sucrose

Table sugar

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