IMPORTANT UPDATES :
Single mumps and single rubella vaccines have been discontinued.
Combined Measles and Rubella (MR vaccine) is NOW AVAILABLE
Rubella Vaccine - Not available
Mumps Vaccine - Not available
Measles Vaccine - £110
Combined Measles and Rubella (MR vaccine) - £150
Combined Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR vaccine) - £120
The MMR vaccine helps to protect babies against measles, mumps and rubella. It is sometimes also offered to adults who missed their childhood immunisations.
What are measles, mumps and rubella?
Measles, mumps and rubella are highly infectious diseases that can leave children suffering serious medical complications. However, the high number of people getting the MMR vaccine in Scotland means there's been a big reduction in the number of people catching these diseases.
Learn more about measles
Learn more about mumps
Learn more about rubella
Why should a baby be vaccinated?
The vaccine makes a child’s immune system respond to and ‘remember’ the viruses. This means that if the child is infected with the real viruses their immune system will quickly recognise them and act to stop the infection.
Who is eligible for the vaccine?
All babies and children in Scotland are eligible for the MMR vaccine. Some young people and adults who missed out on their MMR vaccine may also be eligible.
Can I have the MMR vaccine if I'm pregnant?
As a precaution, the MMR vaccine is not recommended during pregnancy.
You should also avoid becoming pregnant for 1 month after having the MMR vaccine. Let your GP or midwife know if you had the MMR vaccine while you were pregnant. Evidence suggests there will be no harm to your baby, but it's better to let them know.
When will a child be offered immunisation?
The MMR vaccine is offered to all children in Scotland. You will receive an invite from your local health board, inviting you to a vaccination clinic. You do not need to book your appointment.
Children will be offered the MMR vaccine in 2 doses:
The first between 12 and 13 months
The second at 3 years 4 months
Although normally given at these times, if it's missed, it can be given at any age.
Young people who haven’t had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine as a child should contact their local health board about getting their free MMR vaccine. It protects against measles, mumps and rubella – all of which can be very serious diseases and are highly infectious
If you’re unsure about anything, or have any questions about the MMR vaccine, contact:
your local health board
the NHS inform helpline
Source: NHS Inform
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