MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella Vaccine)

MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella Vaccine)

In a regular clinic, these vaccines are costly and you need to pay cash upfront for them. However, through our travel clinic, we can bill insurance directly and save you money upfront.

What is MMR?

Measles are a highly contagious viral infection which is spread from person to person through airborne droplets. Mumps are a contagious disease which is caused by the mumps virus. It is spread through saliva droplets or mucus. It is most commonly spread through coughing or sneezing, and sharing cups/utensils with a contaminated person. It can also be spread through surfaces that were not sanitised after being touched by an infected person. Rubella is a contagious disease that is caused by a virus. It is spread through contact with someone who is infected as well as coughing and sneezing. There is no medicine or cure to treat measles, however, it can be prevented by a vaccine. Those who contract it will usually recover in 2 or 3 weeks.

What is my risk?

Measles is common around the world, and not as common in Canada. With the 2 doses of this vaccine, which is usually given in childhood, you will be protected for life. Those who are not vaccinated may bring measles back into Canada with them.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can take anywhere from 7 to 18 to after being exposed. You are still contagious up until 4 days after the rash appears, and even before showing symptoms. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability (feeling cranky/bad mood)
  • Small, white spots inside mouth/throat
  • Red and blotchy rash (on face which spreads to the body)

Complications can include:

  • Ear infections
  • Pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
  • Encephalitis (swelling of the brain)