measles/mumps/rubella vaccine - injection, M-M-R II
GENERIC NAME: MEASLES/MUMPS/RUBELLA VACCINE - INJECTION (MEE-zulz/mumps/ roo-BEL-a)
BRAND NAME(S): M-M-R II
USES: This medication is used to help prevent infections of 3 viruses, measles (also known as rubeola), mumps, and rubella (also known as German measles). These are common childhood infections that may cause serious, sometimes fatal problems (such as lung, brain, or hearing problems or harm to an unborn baby). Vaccination during childhood can prevent these infections and problems.The viruses in this vaccine are alive, but they have been weakened (attenuated) so that they have a decreased ability to cause illness. This vaccine causes the body to make immune defensive substances (antibodies) against the viruses so that you will be protected from these infections.The vaccine is recommended for all children 12 to 15 months and older and adults who have not already had these infections or been vaccinated. This medication does not contain a preservative.
HOW TO USE: Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, consult your health care provider.This vaccine is usually given by injection under the skin by a health care professional. Before giving this medication, learn all directions for preparation and usage. When mixed, this vaccine should appear clear yellow. Before giving this medication, inspect it visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Use the full recommended dose of the vaccine. Discard any remaining vaccine left in single-dose vials.The same dose of vaccine is used for both children and adults.Children who are vaccinated when they are younger than 12 months old should be have a second vaccination when they are between 12 to 15 months old, then have a third vaccination just before entering elementary school. Children who were first vaccinated when they were 12 to 15 months old should have a second vaccination just before entering elementary school.
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