MMR stands for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. While this vaccine does fight against all three of these diseases, it also protects against varicella, or chickenpox. The CDC recommends that everyone receive their MMR vaccine, preferably as a child. The first dose is often administered to children when they are between 12 and 15 months old; the second dose is not required until the child is 4 to 6 years old. However, children can receive their second dose earlier if needed, as long as it a minimum of 28 days after they receive their first dose.
If you did not receive your MMR vaccine as a young child, you can still receive it as a teenager or young adult. You will still receive two doses, each separated by at least 28 days. Adults can also receive their MMR vaccine, but they typically only require one dose.
If you are travelling internationally, it is important that you have received your MMR vaccine. Children who are 6 months of age and older should have their MMR vaccine before travelling.
To learn more about whether you or your family needs an MMR vaccine in New York, New York, we welcome you to call the practice of John Abroon, MD. You can schedule an appointment with our doctor where we can review your immunization history and provide any needed vaccines.