The MMR vaccine is used to protect against three viral diseases; measles, mumps and rubella. These diseases spread easily from person to person and each disease has different symptoms and severity levels. Pregnant women who contract rubella may have a miscarriage or have a child with serious birth defects.
Who should get immunized: Immunization is recommended for individuals’ ages 12 months and older.
Immunization schedule: The vaccine is administered as a two-part series. Children typically receive the first dose of the MMR vaccine between 12 and 15 months old and the second between ages four and six. Anyone 18 years of age or older, or born after 1965 who has not received an MMR vaccine, should get at least one dose, especially if you plan to travel outside of the country.