Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine

The MMR vaccine is safe and effective in protecting your child against 3 serious illnesses: measles, mumps and rubella (german measles).
These highly infectious conditions can easily spread between people who are not yet vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is important, as it can lead to serious problems including meningitis, hearing loss and problems during pregnancy.
The MMR vaccine is offered at your GP surgery and given in two doses at 1 year and then 3 year 4 months. It is given as a single injection in the arm or thigh.

It's important to check you've had both doses if you:

  • are about to start college or university
  • are going to travel abroad
  • are planning a pregnancy
  • are a frontline health or social care worker
  • were born between 1970 and 1979, as you may have only been vaccinated against measles
  • were born between 1980 and 1990, as you may not be protected against mumps

Many studies have shown that the MMR vaccine does not cause Autism.

Article provided by NHS

See original information on the NHS website.

In collaboration with local community groups, Coventry City Council's Public Health team have created a Measles leaflet.