MMR vaccination

MMR vaccination

The standard vaccination for preventing measles, mumps and rubella.

Course
• First shot at 12–15 months.
• Second shot at age 4–6 or 11–12.
 
Adverse reactions
Anaphylactic shock, especially after egg ingestion—should have an allergy consult before considering vaccination with MMR; encephalitis within 15 days of immunisation.

Exemptions
Children with congenital immune dysfunction, cancer (especially if receiving RT, chemotherapy or steroids) or known allergies to eggs or neomycin; pregnant women should deliver before MMR vaccination if not previously vaccinated.

Contraindications
Pregnancy, immunodeficiency states, therapeutic immunosuppression, acute febrile disease.

MMR vaccination

A protective active immunization against measles, mumps and rubella that should be routine for all children unless a strong medical reason contraindicates it. Concern was raised in 1998 that MMR vaccination could lead to an intestinal disorder that allows the absorption of otherwise non-permeable peptides capable of causing autism and other developmental problems. The evidence was reviewed by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization and no case was found for abandoning a vaccine of proved effectiveness and safety.
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MMR vaccination rates in Birmingham are at their lowest level in six years.
MMR vaccination rates in Coventry are at their lowest level in a decade.
"We found no support for the hypothesis of increased risk for autism after MMR vaccination in a nationwide unselected population of Danish children," researchers wrote in the US journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
Local children aged under one year are not due for MMR vaccination under the Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme (HKCIP).
Local and state public health staff members attempted to contact each household up to three times by telephone and collected information for each household member, including demographics, reported MMR vaccination history, occurrence and timing of mumps symptoms, travel history, household visitors, and church attendance since November 1, 2016.
Measles affects US states that opted out of MMR vaccination
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England, says: "In the early 2000s there was a fall in MMR vaccination coverage in children and as a consequence, we are now seeing measles cases in young adults.
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England PHE), said: "In the early 2000s there was a fall in MMR vaccination coverage in children and, as a consequence, we are now seeing measles cases in young adults.
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE, said: "In the early 2000s there was a fall in MMR vaccination coverage in children and as a consequence, we are now seeing measles cases in young adults.
The MMR vaccine is a combined inoculation which protects against measles, mumps and rubella - the full course of MMR vaccination requires two doses.
Perhaps the most powerful example of this was the suggestion that the MMR vaccination could increase the risk of a child developing autism.
There are reports of acute pancreatitis in children after MMR vaccination but the development of a pancreatic pseudocyst has never been reported.There are only two reports of acute pancreatitis after MMR vaccination (1,2).