Make sure you’ve had the full series of the MMR vaccine and that the people who surround you have too!
The Vaccine Center offers every vaccine available in the United States including MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. We offer a wide array of employee health, student health, travel health, and laboratory services to individuals, schools, corporations, and other health care organizations.
What is it?
Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) are serious viral infections that spread through the air which makes these diseases highly contagious. They are especially prevalent in areas where people are in close contact and experiences resurgences when vaccination rates drop. MMR vaccine protects you from all three diseases.
Symptoms of measles infection includes cough, high fever, rash on the body and inside the mouth, runny nose, anorexia, diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes, and eye irritation. Pneumonia and acute encephalitis caused by the measles infection is the most common cause of death in young children and adults. Symptoms of mumps include low-grade fever, headache, anorexia, muscle pain, swelling of the glands, and earache, although some cases can be asymptomatic. Mumps may also lead to more serious conditions such as meningitis and inflammation of the testicles or ovaries. Rubella, also known as Germain Measles, causes rash, low-grade fever, swelling of lymph glands, and arthritis. Pregnant women who contract rubella are at an increased risk for miscarriage and serious birth defects.
Before the vaccine was available, measles infected up to 90% of the population before age 15 and 500 deaths were reported annually from measles. Since the vaccines release in 1963, the incidence of measles has dropped by more than 98%. Measles has a resurgence in 1989-1991 due to lower vaccination coverage in school age children. Once vaccine coverage was increased, rates of measles infection again decreased. Another resurgence occurred in 2008, mostly among school age children who were unvaccinated. Mumps experienced a resurgence in 2006 and 2009, but was largely contained due to high vaccination rates in the affected communities. Rubella outbreaks occurred in California and Pennsylvania were reported in 1990-1991. Most cases of rubella are reported from women who live in areas where rubella vaccination is not routinely used.
Since measles, mumps, and rubella are highly contagious, airborne diseases, it is recommended for young children, some school programs, and many international travelers. MMR vaccine is also recommended for:
- All children over 12 months of age.
- Individuals who work in medical facilities.
Other individuals may also choose to be vaccinated:
- Some infants under 12 months of age that are traveling to certain areas overseas.
- Individuals that are 18 years of age and older and born after 1956.
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The Vaccine Center and Travel Medicine Clinic has ALL the recommended and/or required vaccines needed for your travel.
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A/B (Twinrix)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Meningococcal (MenB)
- TD/Tdap (Tetanus)
- Typhoid IM
- Typhoid Pills
- Yellow Fever
- Gardasil (HPV)