Prevention is better than cure. Vaccination can prevent many deadly and painful diseases. MMR vaccination gives immunity against 3 such difficult infections. These vaccines are chiefly for children but sometimes, adults are also advised a dose of it. At Infectious Disease Center, Hyderabad, we administer MMR vaccination for children and adults alike.
Who Needs MMR Vaccination?
MMR vaccination protects a child from 3 painfully uncomfortable, highly contagious viral infections – measles, mumps, rubella. All of these infections cause high fever. Measles are characterized by rashes; mumps by painful swelling of salivary glands; rubella by itchy rashes and swollen lymph nodes.
Children are most susceptible to these infection but adults are also not entirely immune, especially those who have a compromised immune system. One course of MMR vaccination can provide immunity against all three of these infections.
What Are The Doses Of MMR Vaccination?
In children, the first dose of vaccine is given at the age of 9 to 15 months. The second dose is to be given between 15 months to 6 years of age. The minimum gap between the two doses should be 4 weeks.
At Infectious Disease Center, we also advise adults who have a weaker immunity – someone suffering from malnutrition, HIV or other chronic diseases, elderly people, etc. to take a dose of the vaccine if they live in the vicinity of an infected person.