MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella)
Measles usually starts with cold-like symptoms, followed by a rash a few days later. Some people may also get small spots in their mouth.
The first symptoms of measles include:
a high temperature
a runny or blocked nose
red, sore, watery eyes
Mumps is a contagious viral infection that used to be common in children before the introduction of the MMR vaccine. Mumps is most recognisable by the painful swellings in the side of the face under the ears (the parotid glands), giving a person with mumps a distinctive "hamster face" appearance. Other symptoms of mumps include headaches, joint pain, and a high temperature, which may develop a few days before the swelling of the parotid glands.
Rubella (German measles) is a rare illness that causes a spotty rash. It usually gets better in about a week, but it can be serious if you get it when you're pregnant.
The main symptom of rubella is a spotty rash that starts on the face or behind the ears and spreads to the neck and body. The rash takes 2 to 3 weeks to appear after getting rubella.
What Vaccines are available?
There are 2 different brands of MMR vaccine available in the UK. These are called Priorix and MMRVaxPro.
The main ingredient of the MMR vaccine is a small amount of weakened measles, mumps and rubella viruses.
The MMR vaccine does not contain mercury (thiomersal). MMRVaxPro contains porcine gelatine to ensure the vaccine remains safe and effective during storage.
You can find a full list of ingredients in these patient information leaflets:
Infants under 11 months
Require a single vaccine before travel, followed by two further doses at 12-13 months and 3 years 4 months to 5 years.
Conventional children's schedule
Dose 1: 12-13 months
Dose 2: 3.5 to 5 years
Adults who did not have child immunisation should be vaccinated before travel.
Adults (not previously vaccinated)
Dose 1: Day 0
Dose 2: Month 1
2 doses of MMR will cover you for life.
Measles/Rubella is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. There are things you can do to reduce the risk of spreading or catching it.
wash your hands often with soap and warm water
use tissues when you cough or sneeze
throw used tissues in the bin
do not share cutlery, cups, towels, clothes, or bedding
Mumps, you can protect your child against mumps by making sure they're given the combined MMR vaccine for mumps, measles and rubella. The MMR vaccine is part of the routine NHS childhood immunisation schedule. Your child should be given 1 dose when they're around 12 to 13 months and a second booster dose at 3 years and 4 months. Once both doses are given, the vaccine provides around 88% protection against mumps. Anyone who did not have both doses of the MMR vaccine as a child can contact a GP to arrange to be vaccinated.
Need to book more than one vaccine?
Please make a booking for a single vaccine and leave a note with the booking for the other vaccines you require. We will then call you to make other bookings.
Note: We offer a 5% discount for cash payments.
Please make sure you fill in the form in the appointment confirmation which you will recieve (as a link). This will allow us to do a risk assessement before your arrive and check all your travel requirements for a swift & safe appointment.