MMR Vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine, live)

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

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Is measles, mumps, rubella vaccine-injection safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

Pregnant women should not get the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. Pregnant women who need the vaccine should wait until after giving birth to get the vaccine. Additionally, females who have received the vaccine should avoid getting pregnant for 4 weeks (28 days) after vaccination.

It is not known if the measles or mumps vaccine can enter human milk. The rubella vaccine however may be excreted into human milk but usually does not cause side effects in the nursing baby.

What else should I know about measles, mumps, rubella vaccine-injection?

What preparations of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine-injection are available?

Vaccine powder for injection: Single dose vials

How should I keep measles, mumps, rubella vaccine-injection stored?

Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine should be stored in the refrigerator, between 2 C to 8 C (36 F and 46 F).

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/24/2015

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