MMRV Vaccination Information
Approved for use in children age 12 months to 12 years old, MMRV (ProQuad®) is a vaccine that protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox (varicella). It contains live viruses that have been altered to prevent them from actually causing the diseases.
This vaccination is not appropriate for everyone; your healthcare provider needs complete information on your medical history and what medications you are taking before you can receive the MMRV injection.
Although many people do not have any problems with this vaccine, side effects can occur and may include fever, irritability, and reactions at the injection site. If negative reactions do occur, however, they tend to be mild and easily treated.
The MMRV vaccination is injected subcutaneously (just under the skin) and is typically given on two separate occasions. The first dose is usually given at age 12 to 15 months, and the second dose is given at 4 to 6 years of age.
(Click MMRV for more information on this vaccination. This article covers how this vaccine works, discusses its effectiveness, and offers some safety precautions to be aware of.)