MMR vaccine is the safest protection you can give your child against
measles. Children should be given the first dose of MMR vaccine soon after the
first birthday (12 to 15 months of age). The second dose is recommended before the start of the
entering middle school, highschool, or college should have their
vaccination records reviewed to make sure they have recieved both doses of
the MMR vaccine.
continue to occur in high schools (one or two
per year) and on college campuses (less than 1per
year). These educational institutions are
potential high-risk areas for measles transmission
because of large concentrations of susceptible
people. That is why the CDC recommends that all
states require proof of either two doses of the
measles vaccine or evidence of past measles infection
at the time of college or other post-highschool
Pregnant women should not receive
the MMR vaccine. Also, pregnancy should be
avoided 1 month following the receipt of
the measles vaccine and 3 months following
the MMR vaccine.
born after 1957 should receive at least one dose of measles vaccine unless
they have already had measles and are immune. (This vaccine can also be
given as measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine or measles rubella (MR)
vaccine.) Those at increased risk
of getting measles — college students, international travelers and
health care workers — should receive two doses, provided they are given
no less than 1 month apart.
Pregnant women should not receive the MMR
vaccine. Women should not become pregnant for 28 days following the receipt of the MMR
vaccine or any of its components.
People traveling outside of the United
States are at increased risk of exposure to measles and should have
evidence of measles immunity. This disease is quite common in many
countries throughout the world. The CDC recommends that travelers who are
not immune to measles receive two doses of the MMR vaccine for their own
protection and to prevent importation of the measles virus into the U.S.
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