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Home > Patient & Family Resources > Health Library > MMRV Vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella): What You Need to Know
Measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella are viral diseases that can have serious consequences. Before vaccines, these diseases were very common in the United States, especially among children. They are still common in many parts of the world.
These diseases can easily spread from person to person. Measles doesn't even require personal contact. You can get measles by entering a room that a person with measles left up to 2 hours before.
Vaccines and high rates of vaccination have made these diseases much less common in the United States.
MMRV vaccine may be given to children 12 months through 12 years of age. Two doses are usually recommended:
A third dose of MMR might be recommended in certain mumps outbreak situations.
There are no known risks to getting MMRV vaccine at the same time as other vaccines.
Instead of MMRV, some children 12 months through 12 years of age might get 2 separate shots: MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and chickenpox (varicella). MMRV is not licensed for people 13 years of age or older. There are separate Vaccine Information Statements for MMR and chickenpox vaccines. Your health care provider can give you more information.
Tell the person who is giving your child the vaccine if your child:
With any medicine, including vaccines, there is a chance of reactions. These are usually mild and go away on their own, but serious reactions are also possible.
Getting MMRV vaccine is much safer than getting measles, mumps, rubella, or chickenpox disease. Most children who get MMRV vaccine do not have any problems with it.
After MMRV vaccination, a child might experience:
If these events happen, they usually begin within 2 weeks after the shot. They occur less often after the second dose.
Severe events have very rarely been reported following MMR vaccination, and might also happen after MMRV. These include:
As with any medicine, there is a very remote chance of a vaccine causing a serious injury or death. The safety of vaccines is always being monitored. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/
Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, a fast heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness. These would usually start a few minutes to a few hours after the vaccination.
(VAERS). Your doctor should file this report, or you can do it yourself through the VAERS website at www.vaers.hhs.gov, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.
VAERS does not give medical advice..
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal program that was created to compensate people who may have been injured by certain vaccines.
Persons who believe they may have been injured by a vaccine can learn about the program and about filing a claim by calling 1-800-338-2382 or visiting the VICP website at www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation. There is a time limit to file a claim for compensation.
Vaccine Information Statement (Interim)
42 U.S.C. § 300aa-26
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Many Vaccine Information Statements are available in Spanish and other languages. See www.immunize.org/vis
Hojas de información sobre vacunas están disponibles en español y en muchos otros idiomas. Visite www.immunize.org/vis
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