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Measles Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination: Information for Healthcare Professionals

One of the Recommended Vaccines by Disease


MMR vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.

MMR vaccination is especially important for healthcare professionals, international travelers, and other specific groups.

ACIP Recommendations for MMR Use During Mumps Outbreaks

On October 25, 2017, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that persons previously vaccinated with two doses of a mumps-containing vaccine* who are identified by public health as at increased risk for mumps because of a mumps outbreak should receive a third dose of a mumps-containing vaccine to improve protection against mumps disease and related complications.


Once approved by CDC, the mumps vaccination recommendations will be published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), at which time the recommendations will become official CDC policy.

You Call the Shots

You Call The Shots

You Call the Shots is an interactive, training course. It consists of a series of modules that discuss vaccine-preventable diseases and explain the latest recommendations for vaccine use. Each module provides learning opportunities, self-test practice questions, reference and resource materials, and an extensive glossary.

Pink Book

Pink Book.

The “Pink Book” contains the most comprehensive information on routinely used vaccines and the diseases they prevent.

Six reference appendices include: vaccine minimum ages and intervals, current and discontinued vaccines, vaccine contents, foreign vaccine terms, and more.

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