MMR Vaccine

The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is a safe and effective combined vaccine.

It protects against 3 serious illnesses:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella

These highly infectious conditions can easily spread between unvaccinated people. Getting vaccinated is important, as these conditions can also lead to serious problems including meningitis, hearing loss and problems during pregnancy.

2 doses of the MMR vaccine provide the best protection against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).

When should older children and adults have the MMR vaccine?

Anyone who has not had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine should get the vaccination. If you are unsure, you can ask your GP surgery for a list of your vaccination history.

How effective is the MMR vaccine?

The MMR vaccine is very effective. After 2 doses:

  • Around 99% of people will be protected against measles and rubella
  • Around 88% of people will be protected against mumps

If you catch mumps even after the vaccination you are less likely to have serious complications or be admitted to hospital.

What are the side effects of the MMR vaccine?

Most side effects are mild and do not last long, these being:

  • Red, swollen and feeling sore in the arm you were vaccinated in for 2 to 3 days
  • Around 7 to 11 days after the injection, babies or young children can develop a high temperature for about 2-3 days

Where can I get the vaccination?

Your local Day Lewis Pharmacy offers the MMR vaccination as a private service. For more information visit your local Day Lewis Pharmacy.

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