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What is MMR? 

MMR stands for

  • Measles

  • Mumps

  • Rubella (German Measles)

Three highly infectious conditions can easily spread between unvaccinated people.

MMR Vaccine 

The MMR vaccine belongs to a group of vaccines referred to as “live” vaccines. This means, that it contains a weakened version of the viruses that cause measles, mumps and rubella. The vaccine causes your immune system to react to the vaccine. 



The course consists of two doses.

Each dose will cost £55.00 (full cost of course is £110)


Once you have completed the two dose course, you will not need further boosters.

How it is given:

An injection, usually given in the upper arm.

Side effects:

The vaccine can cause a range of mild side effects, such as tiredness, fever or digestion problems. In some cases it can cause a mild chickenpox like rash.

Age restrictions:

The MMR vaccine is suitable for 


The MMR vaccine is very effective.

After 2 doses:

  • around 99% of people will be protected against measles and rubella

  • around 88% of people will be protected against mumps

People who are vaccinated against mumps, but still catch it, are less likely to have serious complications or be admitted to hospital.

Protection against measles, mumps and rubella starts to develop around 2 weeks after having the MMR vaccine.

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