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Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine

Alternate Names : MMR Immunization, MMR Vaccine, MMR Vaccination

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

The vaccine causes few or no problems for most people. But any of these rare reactions should be reported right away to a healthcare provider:

  • high fever, possibly with seizures, within 1 to 2 weeks of the immunization
  • signs of a serious allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing, a fast heart rate, dizziness, or hives, within a few hours of the shot
  • other unusual conditions, including behavior changes
  • What are the potential complications after the procedure?

    Often the vaccine causes no problems. Sometimes a fever, mild rash, or, rarely, swollen glands in the neck occur within 7 to 12 days. Temporary joint pain and stiffness is possible, too.

    More rare complications include:

  • seizure
  • allergic reactions
  • a blood disorder
  • Very rarely, the vaccine may cause these severe problems:

  • deafness
  • long-term seizures
  • coma
  • brain damage

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    Author: Francesca Coltrera, BA
    Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 08/07/01

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