MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) Vaccine

Who should receive this vaccine?

  • Children need 2 doses of MMR vaccine, usually a primary dose at age 12 through 15 months followed by a secondary dose at age 4 through 6 years.

  • Infants who will be traveling outside the United States when they are between 6 and 11 months of age should get a dose of MMR vaccine before travel. These children should still get 2 additional doses at the recommended ages for long-lasting protection.

  • Older children, adolescents, and adults also need 1 or 2 doses of MMR vaccine if they are not already immune to measles, mumps, and rubella.

Does this vaccine cause any infections?

No, the CDC has stated that the MMR vaccine does not cause any form of infection.

What else should I know?

MMR vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines. Additionally, children 12 months through 12 years of age might receive MMR vaccine together with varicella vaccine in a single shot, known as MMRV.