Immunisation: What you need to know before you consent
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The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine helps protect you against the following diseases:
This vaccine contains small amounts of the live virus.
Some people may not be able to receive a live vaccine for medical reasons, so please speak with your doctor or immunisation provider for further information.
This vaccine is also given in combination as the measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV) vaccine.
The MMR vaccine is a free vaccine as part of the National Immunisation Program for children at 12 months of age. The vaccine is also free and given as the combination MMRV vaccine to all children at 18 months of age.
The MMR vaccine is also recommended, but not free, when you are:
The MMR vaccine is given as an injection into the top of the arm.
Like any medications, the MMR vaccine can have some minor and short lasting side effects.
Although rare or very rare, other side effects may include:
People with egg allergies can safely receive the MMR and MMRV vaccine (see ASCIA Guidelines – Vaccination of the egg-allergic individual)
Any unexpected event following immunisation should be reported to SA Health.
Many of the common side effects can be reduced by:
To receive the vaccine contact your doctor, local council, community health centre or Aboriginal health centre to arrange an appointment.
For further information on vaccine providers, see the Immunisation services page.