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Is MMR vaccine safe?

Apr 05, 2017

Is MMR vaccine safe?

Measles, Mumps and Rubella are viral diseases which often occur in children. While measles causes rash, cough, fever etc. leading to ear defects, pneumonia, brain damage and even death, mumps is usually associated with deafness, meningitis and infertility. Rubella, also known as German measles, on the other hand, is found to be more common in women and causes rash, arthritis and mild fever. It is more dangerous for pregnant women in which cases of miscarriage and serious birth defects are mostly reported. Therefore, considering the fact that these diseases are contagious and serious, a single vaccination that can combat all three of these diseases, have been invented. It is known as the MMR vaccine.

Though MMR vaccine has taken into account all factors of safety, few side effects are seen in children after getting vaccinated. Most common ones include fever, mild rash, and sore arm, swelling of glands, temporary pain and stiffness. In certain cases, seizures, low platelet count and allergic reactions are also witnessed. However, such cases are reported to be extremely rare.

MMR vaccination should be administered to people between 0-15 years of age. The dosage is usually divided into two parts; the first dosage being administered to children of 12-15 months of age, post which, the second dosage is administered when the child is 4-6 years of age. However, the second dosage can be administered earlier, but a minimum of 28 days gap must be maintained between the first and second dosage. In certain cases, infants below 12 months are also administered dosage of MMR vaccine.

Though bestowed with the ability to get rid of diseases, it should be noted that people allergic to antibiotic neomycin must not be vaccinated with MMR. Also, if allergic reactions occur after the first dosage of MMR, it is recommended to discontinue it. Besides, pregnant women are advised to avoid taking the vaccination. However, post birth; the vaccination can be safely administered to the mother.

Disclaimer: The information given in this write-up is purely for educating the reader. It is not meant to be a substitute for any advice from a medical expert.

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