Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
Measles is a viral infection transmitted from person-to-person
and can lead to severe disease complicated by middle ear infection
or bronchopneumonia. The risk of exposure to measles outside the
United States may be high. Two doses of live measles vaccine on
or after the first birthday provide protection against infection
in susceptible persons.
Mumps is a viral infection transmitted from person-to-person
that primarily affects school-age children. Mumps vaccine can be
of particular value for children approaching puberty and for adolescents
and adults, particularly males, who have not had mumps.
Rubella is a viral infection transmitted primarily from
person-to-person that may be associated with significant disease
in adults. Rubella can cause fetal anomalies if contracted in the
early months of pregnancy. The risk of exposure to rubella outside
the United States may be high. All travelers, particularly women
of childbearing age, should be immune to rubella. A single dose
of rubella vaccine generally provides protection.
Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines (MMR) can be combined and
given in one injection. Because the MMR vaccine is a live virus
vaccine there are special precautions and contraindications that
may apply to certain travelers.
If you wish to receive MMR vaccine, please call us for a clinic