MMR vaccination

Administration of a combined vaccine that gives protection against measles, mumps, and rubella. The vaccination is offered to all children at 12–15 months of age, with a booster shot at 3–5 years. Vaccination is postponed if a child is feverish, and it is not given to children with untreated cancer or allergies to aminoglycoside antibiotic drugs such as neomycin. Mild fever, rash, and malaise may occur after vaccination. In 1 per cent of cases, mild, noninfectious swelling of the parotid glands develops 3–4 weeks after vaccination. There is no evidence for a link between MMR and Crohn's disease or autism.


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