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Immunization Schedule, Children (cont.)

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

This combination vaccine is given to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella (also known as German measles).

You or your child could catch these diseases by being around someone who has them. They spread from person to person through the air.

  • The first dose is given at or after 12 months of age. The second dose is usually given to children at 4-6 years of age but can be given at any time, provided that it has been at least four weeks since the first dose (and that both doses were given after the child's first birthday).

Chickenpox Vaccine

Chickenpox (also called varicella) is a common childhood disease. It is usually mild, but it can be serious, especially in young infants and adults.

Chickenpox can be spread from person to person through the air or by contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters.

  • This vaccine is recommended for children who have not had chickenpox, in order to minimize their chances of getting the disease and its complications. Children who receive the vaccine may still get the disease, but it is usually milder (with fewer skin lesions, quicker recovery time, and lower chance for complications).
  • The vaccine can be given after the age of 1 year. Those who are 13 years or older should receive two doses at least four weeks apart.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2014
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