measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine (M-M-R II)?
You should not receive this vaccine if you are allergic to:
You should also not receive this vaccine if you have:
If you have any of these other conditions, your vaccine may need to be postponed or not given at all:
You can still receive a vaccine if you have a minor cold. In the case of a more severe illness with a fever or any type of infection, wait until you get better before receiving this vaccine.
Avoid becoming pregnant for at least 3 months after receiving a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.
Do not receive this vaccine without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is this vaccine given (M-M-R II)?
This vaccine is given as an injection under the skin. You will receive this injection in a doctor's office or clinic setting.
The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is given in a series of shots. The first shot is usually given to a child who is 12 to 15 month old. The booster shots are then given between 4 and 6 years of age. At least 28 days (4 weeks) should pass between the first and second doses of this vaccine.
Adults born after 1956 should receive at least one MMR vaccination if they have never had the diseases or received an MMR vaccine during their lifetime.
Your booster schedule may be different from these guidelines. Follow your doctor's instructions or the schedule recommended by your local health department.
Your doctor may recommend treating fever and pain with an aspirin-free pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, and others) when the shot is given and for the next 24 hours. Follow the label directions or your doctor's instructions about how much of this medicine to take.
It is especially important to prevent fever from occurring if you have a seizure disorder such as epilepsy.
This vaccine can cause false results on a skin test for tuberculosis for up to 6 weeks. Tell any doctor who treats you if you have received a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine within the past 4 to 6 weeks.
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