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measles, mumps, rubella and varicella virus vaccine (cont.)

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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine (ProQuad)?

Your child should not receive this vaccine if he or she is allergic to eggs, gelatin, or neomycin (Mycifradin, Neo-Fradin, Neo-Tab), or if the child has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to any vaccine containing measles, mumps, rubella, or varicella.

Your child should also not receive this vaccine if he or she has:

  • active tuberculosis infection;
  • a cancer such as leukemia or lymphoma;
  • a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome;
  • a chronic disease such as asthma or other breathing disorder, diabetes, kidney disease, or a blood cell disorder such as anemia;
  • severe immune suppression caused by disease (such as cancer, HIV, or AIDS), or by receiving certain medicines such as steroids, chemotherapy or radiation;
  • if the child has recently taken aspirin or other similar medicines such as Disalcid, Doan's Pills, Dolobid, Salflex, Tricosal, and others;
  • if the child has recently received a stem cell transplant;
  • if someone in the child's household has a weak immune system; or
  • if the child is pregnant.

If your child has any of these other conditions, this vaccine may need to be postponed or not given at all:

  • thrombocytopenia purpura (easy bruising or bleeding);
  • a history of seizures;
  • a neurologic disorder or disease affecting the brain (or if this was a reaction to a previous vaccine);
  • a weak immune system caused by disease, bone marrow transplant, or by using certain medicines or receiving cancer treatments;
  • if the child has received an immune globulin or other blood product within the past year; or
  • if the child has received a measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine within the past 28 days (4 weeks).

Your child can still receive a vaccine if he or she has a minor cold. In the case of a more severe illness with a fever or any type of infection, wait until the child gets better before receiving this vaccine.

Pregnant women should wait to get this vaccine until after they have given birth. Women should not get pregnant for 3 months after getting the vaccine.

A woman should not receive this vaccine without telling the doctor if she is breast-feeding a baby.

How is this vaccine given (ProQuad)?

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, rubella, and varicella vaccine is usually given only once when the child is between 12 months and 12 years old. If a booster dose is needed, At least 3 months should pass between the first and second doses of this vaccine.

Your child's 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 give your child.

It is especially important to prevent fever from occurring in a child who has 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 this vaccine within the past 4 to 6 weeks.

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