M.M.R. (Measles / Mumps / Rubella) Vaccine:

This is not the vaccine that produced dimples in the upper left arm. It is also not the shot that produced a temporary star-shape indentation in the skin of the upper arm in children during school vaccination programmes.

If you were born in Ireland before 1978, you should already be protected for MMR (life-long immunity through having been infected).

If you were born after 1978 and you're not sure that you received the MMR vaccine at age 1 year and again at age 5 years, the simplest thing is to be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine now, with a 2nd dose being done in one to three months from now - this will usually provide life-long immunity against Measles (and Mumps and Rubella). Vaccination now (even if you are already immune) is safe and a less expensive alternative to doing blood tests to check your immunity.

The proportion of those who fail to develop full immunity follow two childhood shots of MMR vaccine are: Mumps 12%, Measles 5% and Rubella 5%. If you are planning to spend a long time overseas (moving for months/years to a developing country for work reasons) or spend a short time working with children (orphanages/volunteering in schools) or working with young adults (e.g. TEFL), we will often recommend a precautionary extra MMR vaccine shot, to try to maximise the chance that you have full Mumps - Measles - Rubella immunity prior to going to environments where these highly contagious infections are circulating more commonly than in Ireland.

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