Your Child's Immunizations: Measles, Mumps & Rubella Vaccine (MMR)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-yciMMR-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out when and why your child needs to get this vaccine.measles, mumps, rubella, MMR, vaccines, vaccinate, vacine, immunize, immunization, shots, inoculate, inocultion, infection, virus, vaccinations, vaccinated, immunizations, immune, immunity, diseases, infections, infectious diseases, measels, vaccination, vacine, immunization, immunize, innoculate, innoculations, virus, infection, vaccines, vaccinate, vacksines, immunized, immunizations, shots, inoculate, inoculation, infections, viruses, vaccinations, vaccinated, immunizations, immune, immunity, diseases, infections, infectious diseases09/17/201202/20/202002/20/2020Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD02/10/2020abf02950-0926-4d13-b156-b8838b6d53e9https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mmr-vaccine.html/<p>The MMR vaccine protects against <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/measles.html/">measles</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mumps.html/">mumps</a>, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/german-measles.html/">rubella (German measles)</a>.</p> <h3>MMR Immunization Schedule</h3> <p>Children get the MMR vaccine by injection in 2 doses:</p> <ol> <li>at age 12&ndash;15 months</li> <li>at age 4&ndash;6 years</li> </ol> <p>Children traveling outside the United States can get the vaccine as early as 6 months of age. They still should get the routine doses at 12&ndash;15 months and 4&ndash;6 years of age. If they're staying in an area where disease risk is high, they should get the first dose at 12 months and the second at least 4 weeks later.</p> <p>Older children also can get the vaccine if they didn't get it when they were younger. Sometimes doctors give MMR in combination with the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/varicella-vaccine.html/">chickenpox vaccine</a> in a vaccine called MMRV.</p> <p>The U.S. has had recent outbreaks of mumps and measles. An outbreak is when a disease happens in greater numbers than expected in a particular area. During an outbreak, doctors may recommend a third vaccine dose for some people. If you have questions about vaccinating your family during an outbreak, call your doctor or your state or local health department.</p> <h3>Why Is MMR Recommended?</h3> <p>Measles, mumps, and rubella are infections that can lead to serious illness. More than 95% of children who get the MMR vaccine will be protected from the three diseases throughout their lives.</p> <h3>Possible Risks of the MMR Vaccine</h3> <p>Serious problems such as allergic reactions are rare. Mild to moderate side effects can happen, such as rash, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>, swollen cheeks, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/febrile.html/">febrile seizures</a>, and mild joint pain.</p> <h3>When to Delay or Avoid MMR Immunization</h3> <p>The MMR vaccine is <strong>not</strong> recommended if your child:</p> <ul> <li>had a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anaphylaxis.html/">serious allergic reaction</a> to an earlier dose of MMR vaccine, or components of the vaccine, which include gelatin and the antibiotic neomycin</li> <li>has a disorder that affects the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immune.html/">immune system</a> (such as cancer)</li> <li>is taking steroids or other medicine that weakens the immune system</li> <li>is undergoing <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/chemotherapy.html/">chemotherapy</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/radiation.html/">radiation therapy</a></li> </ul> <p>Talk to your doctor about whether the vaccine is a good idea if your child:</p> <ul> <li>is currently sick. But simple&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">colds</a>&nbsp;or other minor illnesses should <strong>not</strong> prevent immunization.</li> <li>got any other vaccines in the past month. Some can interfere with how well the MMR vaccine will work.</li> <li>has ever had a low platelet count</li> </ul> <p>Your doctor may decide that the benefits of vaccinating your child outweigh the possible risks.</p> <p>Pregnant women should not get the MMR vaccine until after childbirth.</p> <h3>Caring for Your Child After MMR Immunization</h3> <p>If your child develops a rash without other symptoms, no treatment is needed. The rash should go away in several days. Check with your doctor to see if you can give either <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a> for pain or fever and to find out the appropriate dose.</p> <h3>When Should I Call the Doctor?</h3> <p>Call your doctor if:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>You aren't sure if the vaccine should be postponed or avoided.</li> <li>There are problems after the immunization.</li> </ul> <div class="rs_skip rs_preserve"><!-- TinyMCE Fix --> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-metadata.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-controller.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/single-well-child-vaccines-en.js" type="text/javascript"></script> </div>Las vacunas de su hijo: vacunas contra el sarampión, las paperas y la rubéola (triple vírica)El sarampión, las paperas y la rubéola son infecciones que pueden provocar enfermedades graves. 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