measles/mumps/rubella vaccine - injection
GENERIC NAME: MEASLES/MUMPS/RUBELLA VACCINE - INJECTION (MEE-zulz/mumps/ roo-BEL-a)
USES: This medication is used to help prevent serious, sometimes fatal, infections caused by 3 viruses: measles (also known as rubeola), mumps, and rubella (also known as German measles). These are common childhood infections that may cause severe problems (such as deafness, lung/brain problems, or harm to an unborn baby). Therefore, preventing these infections through vaccination is very important.This vaccine contains live viruses that have been weakened. It works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the viruses that cause measles, mumps, and rubella.
HOW TO USE: Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, ask your health care provider.This vaccine is given by injection under the skin by a health care professional. Adults usually get 1 dose of the vaccine and children usually get 2 doses of the vaccine. Ask your doctor about the vaccination schedule.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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