About MMR and MMR vaccination symptoms - Side Effects of MMR vaccine
The MMR vaccine protects your child against measles three potentially serious diseases, mumps and rubella, also known as rubella. MMR vaccine is usually given in two doses. The first dose is mandatory given when the child is 12-15 months old.
And the second when the first school going, that is 4 to 6 years of age. MMR may be substituted by MMRV which is the same as MMR, but give protection against varicella virus as well. Varicella virus is what leads to the fowl pox disease.
The first M MMR, which is the Measles is a highly contagious, especially in children and can lead to pneumonia, convulsions, brain injury, encephalitis, ear infection and diarrhea. The usual symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, itching and irritation.
OM second MMR means mumps which is a viral infection. Mumps can affect the operation of the child's reproductive organs. Its symptoms include inflammation of the cheeks and along the jaw line, fever and headache. And finally, the R rubella MMR means which is also known as German measles.
Rubella has the following symptoms red rash on the face, low-grade fever and swollen lymph nodes. Pregnant women should avoid getting rubella, it can lead to miscarriage or infant birth defects.
Each vaccine may have some small or, in rare cases, important side effects. Possible side effects of MMR vaccine include swelling or pain at the site where the picture is taken, slight fever, body pain, swelling and rashes. Serious side effects include allergic reactions and long-term seizures.
In case your child has mild fever, then it is better to postpone the vaccination. In case your child has had some side effects of the first dose, let the doctor know about it before the second dose. Discuss with your doctor if your child has any allergies to egg, it is allergic to gelatin (the one used in Jell-O) is on steroids, have any disease that is related to the immune system or have a blood disorder.
Lately, it has been reported that some children vaccinated with MMR showed symptoms of autism later. These reports have not been proven by the scientific community though. However, it should be remembered that the benefits derived from the MMR vaccine far outweighs any side effects.