Rubella (German Measles)
You or your child could catch these diseases by being around someone who has them. They spread from person to person through the air.
Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine can prevent these diseases.
Most children who get their MMR shots will not get these diseases. Many more children would get them if we stopped vaccinating.
Who should get MMR and when?
Children should get 2 doses of MMR vaccine:
These are the recommended ages. But children can get the second dose at any age, as long as it is at least 28 days after the first dose.
Some adults should also get MMR vaccine:
Ask your doctor or nurse for more information. MMR vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.
Some people should not get the MMR vaccine, or should wait
Ask your doctor or nurse for more information.
What are the risks from MMR vaccine?
A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of MMR vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. Getting MMR vaccine is much safer than getting any of these three diseases. Most people who get MMR vaccine do not have any problems with it.
If these problems occur, it is usually within 7-12 days after the shot. They occur less often after the second dose.
Severe Problems (Very Rare)
Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million doses)
What if there is a severe or moderate reaction?
What should I look for?
Any unusual conditions, such as a serious allergic reaction, high fever or behavior changes. Signs of a serious allergic reaction include difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heart beat or dizziness within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot. A high fever or seizure, if it occurs, would happen 1 or 2 weeks after the shot.
What should I do?
Or you can file this report through the VAERS web site at www.vaers.org or by calling: 1-800-822-7967. VAERS does not provide medical advice.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
In the rare event that you or your child has a serious reaction to a vaccine, a federal program has been created to help pay for the care of those who have been harmed. For details about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, call: 1-800-338-2382, or visit them online.
What Will I Need to do Before My Child Can Receive the MMR Vaccine?
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