The MMR vaccine is a safe and effective combined vaccine.
It protects against 3 serious illnesses:
These highly infectious conditions can easily spread between unvaccinated people.
Getting vaccinated is important, as these conditions can also lead to serious problems including meningitis, hearing loss and problems during pregnancy.
2 doses of the MMR vaccine provide the best protection against measles, mumps and rubella.
If you have any questions about vaccinations, you can:
- ask your GP surgery or other healthcare professionals for advice
- read more about why vaccination is safe and important
When children should have the MMR vaccine
The MMR vaccine is given to babies and young children as part of the NHS vaccination schedule:
MMR vaccine schedule
|1 year||MMR (1st dose)|
|3 years and 4 months||MMR (2nd dose)|
It's important to catch up on any missed vaccines.
You can still ask your GP surgery for the MMR vaccine if your child has missed either of these 2 doses.
To find out lots more information on MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine please visit the NHS website provided.
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