Protecting Against Measles with the MMR Vaccine

Measles is an infectious disease that is caused by a virus. In most cases it occurs in children. Another name for measles is rubeola. This condition is highly condition and occurs as a viral infection of the respiratory system. Measles is preventable through use of a vaccine.

Should My Child Get the MMR Vaccine?

The MMR vaccine immunizes an individual against three conditions: Measles, mumps, and rubella. The MMRV vaccine immunizes against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox).

Children should get the MMR vaccine in two doses:

  1. The first between the ages of 12 and 15 months, and
  2. The second between the ages of 4 to 6 years

Teenagers and adults should speak with their doctor to ensure that they are up to date. Students and adults who do not display evidence of immunity may need an additional dose or doses of MMR vaccine. With only a few exceptions—including women who are pregnant, people who have had life-threatening allergic reactions to components of the MMR vaccine, and people have had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of MMR / MMRV vaccine that was life threatening—everyone should get the MMR vaccine. Ask your doctor at Washington Township Medical Foundation if you have any questions.