This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox (varicella).
Measles, mumps, rubella, or chicken pox (varicella) are four viral illnesses that used to be common in childhood. All four illnesses have potentially serious complications. Due to the widespread use of vaccines, these illnesses are becoming uncommon.
The MMRV is a combination vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella. You may be required to show proof of MMR vaccination before your child can attend school.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that children get their first dose of the MMR and chicken pox vaccine between twelve and fifteen months.
Children ages twelve through twenty-three months receiving the combination MMRV vaccine have a greater risk of febrile seizures than children who receive separate MMR and chicken pox vaccines at the same time.
The MMRV vaccine may be postponed if your child:
Your child should not receive the vaccine at all if they have a severely weakened immune system or a serious allergy to gelatin or the antibiotic neomycin.
You should contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on the MMR or varicella vaccines. Here is a list of questions you can ask during your appointment.
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