What is the MMR vaccine?
The MMR vaccine is used to combat Measles, Mumps and Rubella and is normally administered to children at the age of one and again before the age of 5. The vaccine was developed after it was recorded in the early 1960’s that hundreds of thousands fell victim to these viruses. Since the vaccine became available to the public in the early 1970’s, well over 50 million cases of the viruses have been avoided due to the first and second round of vaccinations received in the United States.
As is the case with many developing counties, some areas are more prone to contracting MMR despite the rare cases that exist in the US and other developed countries. It is important for your health and the health of others to vaccinate yourself and your family from measles, mumps and rubella before partaking in any international travel. Our licensed physicians at MyConciergeMD have all of the information necessary to help you protect yourself at our Los Angeles clinic.
What the vaccine protects against
The MMR vaccine effectively protects patients against:
Mumps – The mumps is an infectious disease that is caused by the mumps virus. Often times it is spread through airborne pathogens and direct contact with others that are infected. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, muscle soreness, swollen glands, and headaches. In some cases, it may lead to swelling of the brain and loss of hearing.
Measles – The measles is an infection caused by the measles virus. The virus can be spread by airborne pathogens, and can be contagious even with basic preventative measures. The disease takes the form of rash over the entire body, fever, sneezing, swollen lymph nodes, diarrhea fatigue. The measles may lead to severe cases of pneumonia, seizure, and encephalitis. Encephalitis is a known to contribute to permanent brain damage and intellectual disability.
Rubella – Rubella is often referred to as the “German measles” and presents itself as a viral infection. Rubella has been eliminated from the United States, but still poses a concern in other countries. Symptoms, similarly to mumps/measles, may include fever, coughing, swollen lymph nodes, eye redness, and muscle pain. Rubella may lead to arthritis in women.
Importance for travel:
Most measles cases found in the United States is caused by individuals and families partaking in international travel where the vaccine is unavailable or rarely administered. Our physicians along with the CDC recommend that children and adults needing vaccination receive two doses 28 days apart. Children less than 12 months should receive one dose and a follow-up as needed before the age of five.
Often travelers find themselves in close quarters with others whether it is on a plane, boat, bus, hotel or hostel. Viruses and diseases like measles, mumps and rubella are spread through the air and within close contact of one another. In these cases it is often nearly impossible to tell who does or doesn’t have a disease, especially before symptoms surface. To protect yourself against becoming sick or making others ill upon your return it is crucial to visit our clinic before traveling abroad.
About the injection:
The MMR shot is drawn from a vial, and injected into the upper arm. Children receive two shots, one at 12-15 months and one at 4-6 years of age. Children and adults who have not had these shots receive doses 28 days apart. Let your specialist know about any prior allergic reactions, as this is crucial information for vaccination. It is recommended to a see a professional 4-6 weeks before traveling. The vaccine is safe and side effects are usually mild. Side effects can include rash, high temperature, and loss of appetite.
Countries where the vaccine is encouraged:
- United Kingdom (England, N. Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
- Poland (98% of rubella cases were reported in Poland)
- sub-Saharan African nations
- Southeast Asian nations
- Sri Lanka
- Czech Republic
MyConciergeMD vaccine clinic
Before traveling to another country call our physicians and customer service representatives at our Los Angeles vaccine clinic. We are trained to administer vaccines needed for travel and inform you of any information you need to know before your departure. As with most vaccines it is encouraged for you or a loved one to receive a vaccination at least 4-6 weeks before departure. MyConciergeMD’s vaccination clinic is conveniently located in Los Angeles and designed for ultimate comfort and relaxation. Call us today to get your travel vaccinations before your next trip.