The MMR vaccine is first given to a child between the ages of 12 and 15 months. A second MMR shot is given generally between the ages of 4 and 6 before they enter school. Usually, proof of MMR vaccination is needed for your child to attend school. The MMR is one of the most recommended childhood immunizations.
The MMR is actually three vaccines in one. Measles which is a virus causing a rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation and fever in most people can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death in some cases.
Mumps causes fever, headaches and swollen glands. It can lead to deafness, meningitis, swollen testicles or ovaries and death in some cases.
Finally, Rubella the third vaccine included in the MMR is also known as “German Measles”. It is generally a mild disease but it can cause serious birth defects in the child of a woman who becomes infected while pregnant.
Generally, most people receiving the MMR will have no problems while others may have very minor problems such as a fever or soreness and redness in the location of the vaccine. Some of the more serious side effects are fever, rash, swollen glands, seizure, joint pain and stiffness along with long-term seizure, brain damage and in some very extreme limited situations, death.
Statistically, the MMR vaccine prevents more disease and illness than it causes. Serious side effects are rare. However, there is still some considerations that should be given in deciding when to vaccinate your child with the MMR. If your child is ill with flu or cold like symptoms you may want to delay the immunization. Next, tell your doctor if your child had any problems with the first MMR before you schedule the second one. Finally, there are some conditions of which the MMR vaccine is not recommended and that is for people who are allergic to gelatin or the antibiotic Neomycin serious enough to require medical treatment or people with a weakened immune system due to certain cancers, HIV, steroid drugs, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or other drugs that suppress the immune system.
If you or your child receives the MMR and has an adverse reaction of any type please immediately seek medical attention. Please remember to tell the healthcare provider that your child had an MMR vaccine. Many times, people are so concerned with their child’s illness that they forget or do not recall the vaccination. It is important for your doctor to know a complete history including whether your child was vaccinated in order to best treat your child. Also, if the injuries persist it can also be helpful if you pursue a vaccine injury claim in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program provides compensation for pain and suffering, out-of-pocket costs and other damages in cases where the vaccine has been proven to cause the illness. The damages are paid for by the Program and your attorney’s fees and costs in pursuing your claim are also paid for by the Program so that there is no financial risk for you in pursuing a vaccine injury claim for MMR or any other of the many vaccines covered by the Program.
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