This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting measles, mumps or rubella.
Measles, mumps and rubella are three viral illnesses that used to be common in childhood. All three illnesses have potentially serious complications. Due to the widespread use of the MMR vaccine, these illnesses are now uncommon.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children be given:
You may be required to show proof of MMR vaccination before your child can attend school.
If your child has a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before he or she receives the vaccine.
If you were born before 1957 you probably had these illnesses and are unlikely to get them again (you have immunity).
You should contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on the MMR vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask during your appointment.
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