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Doctor insights on: Measles Mumps And Rubella Mmr Vaccine

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Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mumps (Definition)

A viral infection of children caused by the paramyxovirus virus. The salivary glands (especially the parotid glands behind the ears) swell. The paramyxovirus virus is spread by direct contact with an infected person's sneeze or cough. With nearly universal immunization in childhood, there are few cases ...Read more


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Are you immune to rubella, measles, mumps if you received the MMR vaccine twice at age one and age six?

Are you immune to rubella, measles, mumps if you received the MMR vaccine twice at age one and age six?

Vast majority are: This probably protects upwards of 95% of the population. However, due to the significance of rubella in pregnancy, OB's generally test for rubella immunity in all their prospective mothers so they can receive a booster if needed. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get one IgG titer for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and varicella if i don't have my immunization card?

Is it possible to get one IgG titer for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and varicella if i don't have my immunization card?

Separate issues: There are lab tests available for each of the four agents you listed. Contact your pcp to see if they can be drawn at their office or at a separate lab site. ...Read more

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If I take a regular blood test does it proves immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR titer)?

If I take a regular blood test does it proves immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR titer)?

MMR titer: This has to be specifically ordered. Don't know what you mean be a regular blood test. Generally a tube of blood will be drawn from a vein, the titers ordered and the results should be back fairly repidly depending upon the lab to which they are sent. ...Read more

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What could happen if you don't have the MMR jab? I know you could get the illnesses (measles, mumps and rubella) but is there anything else?

Long term issues: Measles:can cause encephalitis with brain damage in 1/1000 and death in 3/1000 cases. Mumps can cause pregnancy loss, male sterility, mild encephalitis, other problems and occasional death in adults. Rubella, while relatively mild in most, occasionally produces encephalitis in the patient.It is well known for producing miscarriage, birth defects and mental retardation in infants infected in the womb. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if im vaccinated for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) can I still pass the mumps onto others?

Not that likely: Even though you have received the MMR vaccination, it is still possible to be infected. It makes it less likely, but it is still possible. Immunity may wane over time and booster vaccinations are given to help the immune cells remember the response to fight the disease. ...Read more

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Would having a live virus in my blood from a mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) shot affect platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment?

Would having a live virus in my blood from a mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) shot affect platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment?

See below: Are you receiving platelet rich plasma? If yes, for what? It is not likely to do you any good. MMR will not have any effect on this otherwise dubious treatment. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Blood work showed I am only not immune to mumps only but I got the MMR vaccine two years ago. Is this possible? Safe to get it again?

Blood work showed I am only not immune to  mumps only but I got the MMR vaccine two years ago. Is this possible? Safe to get it again?

It is safe: For some reason your body did not make any antibodies in response to the first MMR. I would definitely get a second dose and then blood work to see if it "took". ...Read more

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Born in 1975. I think I got measles vaccine but not sure type (live or killed virus) and if got 1 shot or 2. Do I need get current MMR vaccine?

Born in 1975.   I think I got measles vaccine but not sure type (live or killed virus) and if got 1 shot or 2.  Do I need get current MMR vaccine?

MMR for adults: Persons vaccinated before 1979 with either killed mumps vaccine or mumps vaccine of unknown type who are at high risk for mumps infection should be considered for revaccination with 2 doses of MMR vaccine. High risk adults are healthcare workers, travel internationally or are college students. Your doctor can send a blood test to check the status of your immunity before repeating vaccinations. ...Read more

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Could my child have measles if he broke out in a rash after getting the MMR vaccine?

Could my child have measles if he broke out in a rash after getting the MMR vaccine?

NO: The rash is a "normal" reaction occurring in maybe 1-2% of the vaccination given. It is not the disease. ...Read more

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If my child gets the MMR vaccine and my baby and myself aren't vaccinated, can we catch measles from her just getting vaccinated?

If my child gets the MMR vaccine and my baby and myself aren't vaccinated, can we catch measles from her just getting vaccinated?

No: MMR given to child will not risk you and baby from getting the clinical measles disease. If you have not gotten the vaccine before, should get it now to avoid disease. Baby to get it at appropriate age 12-15 months. ...Read more

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Can the rubella vaccine cause autism? I’ve heard stories about the MMR vaccine, which includes rubella, can cause autism or other problems. Is there any evidence that this could be true?

Can the rubella vaccine cause autism? I’ve heard stories about the MMR vaccine, which includes rubella, can cause
autism or other problems. Is there any evidence that this could be true?

In : In 1998, a doctor by the name of andrew wakefield published a study in the lancet journal implicating a relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. Wakefield's study was found to be fraudulent, the data was manipulated and the study was retracted by the lancet in 2004. Dr. Wakefield even had his medical license revoked for unethical practices. After this study was published in 1998, it spurred tons of research looking in to whether the relationship between vaccines and autism could be true. There have been well over 100 large-scale studies and evidence reviews looking at the relationship between vaccines and autism and every single one of those studies has shown that vaccines (including the mmr) do not cause autism. Below, i've linked to 3 websites that discuss this controversy and the research involved in-depth. I will also add that i vaccinated my own child on the schedule recommended by the center for disease control and american academy of pediatrics without any hesitation. ...Read more

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I am traveling to Africa soon. If I have had the MMR vaccine and never had measles, am I still at some risk?

I am traveling to Africa soon. If I have had the MMR vaccine and never had measles, am I still at some risk?

Yes but not measles: If you are traveling to africa measles is not at the top of your immunization or risk list. If you have been immunized with the series you are at low risk. Look at the cdc.Gov website for guidance. Malaria prophylaxis and accident prevention are real considerations. ...Read more

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I have the mumps and my daughter is 8 and a half months.will she get the mumps too? she still didn't get the MMR vaccine

I have the mumps and my daughter is 8 and a half months.will she get the mumps too? she still didn't get the MMR vaccine

Likely: Your daughter has likely been fully exposed to the mumps virus from before you knew you were ill. She will likely have it. The MMR is seldom given before a year of age except when a person will travel in a country with a lot of mumps. ...Read more

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Is it true that if my unvaccinated children were exposed to measles, if I get them the MMR vaccine within 72 hours of exposure, they'll be protected?

Is it true that if my unvaccinated children were exposed to measles, if I get them the MMR vaccine within 72 hours of exposure, they'll be protected?

MMR after exposure: According to the CDC, administration of the measles vaccine after an exposure MAY offer some protection or make an infection less severe if given within 72 hours. One dose of MMR is 93% effective at preventing future measles when given to people not already infected, but it takes about 5 weeks. 97% are immune following the recommended booster, and immunity is felt to be lifelong. ...Read more

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Should adults around age 58 get an MMR vaccine? I can't be sure that I had the mumps but had "swollen glands" in childhood.

Should adults around age 58 get an MMR vaccine? I can't be sure that I had the mumps but had "swollen glands" in childhood.

Won't hurt: We have seen a recent rise in measles cases imported by international travel, (Houston,Ohio).As such, it is reasonable for anyone with an unsure history or who was born prior to 1990 to have a dose. Prior to 1990's we give only one dose of MMR at a yr and about 15% of the population remained at risk.Second doses were given to many into their teens at that time but many were missed. ...Read more

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After having multiple (at least 7)MMR vaccines, I still have negative rubella titer, Am I at risk for measles as well? Is seroconversion all or none?

Seroconversion: is not necessarily all or none. You should have titers of mumps and measles done as well; you may be immune to them. If you are still not immune to any of them, I would recommend seeing an immunologist to check your immune system. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Patricia Foster
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Measles (Definition)

Also known as rubeola, this is a formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a characteristic red rash. Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The ...Read more