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When and How to Get Vaccinated

Some general considerations to keep in mind about the MMR vaccine include the following:
  • This vaccine is typically given as two doses. The second dose is not a booster, per se; instead, it is a second dose to provide protection for the individuals who did not adequately respond to the first dose, for whatever reason.
  • As with other live vaccines, MMR is injected subcutaneously (just under the skin), preferably on the upper arm.
  • People can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the vaccine should be postponed if the individual is moderately or severely ill.

MMR Dosing Information

The specific dosage and schedule for this vaccine will vary, depending on the following factors:
  • Your age
  • Your previous vaccination history.
(Click MMR Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of MMR

Just like any vaccine, MMR may cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the vaccine will experience problems. In fact, most children tolerate it well, with only minor side effects, if any. If adverse reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects seen with the MMR vaccine include but are not limited to:
  • Fever
  • Mild rash
  • Temporary joint pain and stiffness.
(Click MMR Vaccine Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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