MMR Live vaccine

Here we are giving information regarding MMR Vaccine. It is MMR Vaccine:Everything you need to know.

What is MMR Vaccine?

  • MMR vaccine is trivalent vaccine.
  • Trivalent means containing 3 components.
  • It contains components which protect from measles, mumps and rubella.

What type of vaccine is it?

  • It is live vaccine.
  • Live vaccine means it contains live attenuated viruses of measles, mumps, rubella.
  • The same viruses causing disease but with reduced power or no power to cause disease.

How MMR Vaccine is administered?

  • It is given by injection subcutaneous or intramuscular.

How does it works?

  • As we discussed before these are live viruses.
  • After injection they infect the patient.
  • They multiply inside the patients body like real viruses.
  • They do not have capacity to cause disease.
  • So the body learns to fight them without suffering from disease.
  • Body also creates memory which remembers how to fight such virus if it really infects.
  • Thus the patient is protected after giving vaccine.

At What age MMR Vaccine should be given?

  • At 9 month completion first dose is given.
  • It is repeated at 15 month age and 4-6 yrs of age.
  • In special situations it can be given as early as 6 months of age.

Can MMR vaccine be given with other vaccines?

  • Yes it is safe and can be given with other vaccines

What are side effects of MMR Vaccine?

  • Most commonly side effects are minor and do not need admission.
  • Fever – can be managed by oral medicines at home.
  • Local pain and swelling – can be managed with oral medicines and local cold fomentation at home.
  • Rash – in some cases measles like rash may be seen in 1 month of giving dose. But general milder condition can be managed at home.
  • Thrombocytopenia.
  • In extremely rare cases severe life threatening side effect like anaphylaxis can happen.

To whom MMR Vaccine should not be give?

  • Those with severely immuno-compromised status like stage 3-4 of HIV AIDS.
  • Pregnancy.
  • those wn?ith history of severe allergic reaction after previous dose.

What if dose of MMR vaccine was missed?

  • It should be taken as earliest as possible.
  • Plz contact us for further queries.

Dr Yatin Bhole MBBS DCh DNB                                                                                                            

Bhole Children Clinic and vaccination center

Pediatrician,

Ravet near Punawale Kiwale Akurdi




<span class="has-inline-color has-luminous-vivid-orange-color">Dr Yatin Bhole MBBS DCh DNB</span>
Dr Yatin Bhole MBBS DCh DNB

This article was written by Dr Yatin Bhole who is practicing Pediatrician at Bhole Children Clinic, Ravet. This post is for general information and before applying it on yourself, you should meet your doctor or meet us in person.



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