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MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella combined)

What is it?

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) viruses are transmitted through airborne droplets spread from the respiratory tract of an infective person. Inhalation of droplets from an infected person, caused by sneezing, coughing or spitting will cause the spread of infection.
Occasionally, transmission can occur through the direct contact of throat or nasal secretions of an infected person through kissing or nasal secretions. Measles is one of the most highly communicable infectious diseases. Mainly affects children aged approximately 5 years of age.
The virus is found worldwide, but is slowly diminishing in developed countries due to the MMR vaccine.

Vaccine Schedule

Two doses – Day 0 and Day 28
Booster – not required after a 2 dose course.
Note: MMR is a live vaccine. If you require other live vaccinations such as Varicella (Chicken Pox) Shingles vaccine (Zostavax) or a TB vaccine (BCG) then the MMR vaccine must be given on the same day or separated by 4 weeks.
MMR and Yellow Fever vaccine should not be given on the same day, where possible, but given 4 weeks apart. Where immediate protection is required, the vaccines should be given at any interval. If you are travelling imminently then the nurses will be able to offer specific advice.
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