Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)Vaccine

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Children and unvaccinated adults can get their measles, mumps, or rubella vaccines at any Urgent Way location. Our trained staff can have you in and out of our facilities quickly so you can feel confident you are protected against these infectious diseases when you travel abroad or when your child enters school.

What is MMR?

MMR stands for measles, mumps, and rubella. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and is actually considered the most deadly of all childhood illnesses. Symptoms may include runny nose, fever, cough, and a rash over the entire body. Measles can spread rapidly which makes it is important that children and adults be protected against the infection.

Mumps is another contagious viral disease that causes deafness, meningitis (an infection of the brain and spinal cord covering), and painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries. Other symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling of the salivary glands

Rubella, also known as German measles, is another contagious viral disease that causes fever and rash for two to three days.

How and when is the MMR vaccine given?

The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is another routine immunization given to children in the early years of their life. Children receive two doses of MMR. The first dose is given at 12 to 15 months of age and the second can be given just 4 weeks later even though most parents take their children for the second dose right before the start of kindergarten at 4 to 6 years of age.

Who requires the MMR vaccine?

Adults should also receive the MMR vaccine if they have never been vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella and are planning to travel outside of the country. While measles rarely occurs in the United States, it is still common, unfortunately, in many other countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific.