MMR Issues / MMR Side Effects

MMR Issues / MMR Side Effects

The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella “MMR” vaccine combines three separate vaccines in one injection. Each vaccine has the potential cause different side effects that can happen at different times. MMR issues are rare, but in some cases, the MMR side effects can be serious and life threatening. About one week to 11 days after the MMR vaccination, some children get a mild form of measles. This includes a rash, high temperature, loss of appetite and general feeling of being unwell for about two or three days. About three to four weeks after having the MMR vaccination, 1 in 50 children develop a mild form of mumps. This includes swelling of the glands in the cheek, neck or under the jaw. It lasts for a day or two. One to three weeks after receiving the MMR vaccine, some adult women experience painful, stiff or swollen joints, which can last for around three days. In some cases, the side effect from the MMR vaccination can result in chronic arthritis.

Someone receiving the MMR vaccine may get a small rash of bruise-like spots in the weeks after having the vaccination. This side effect is known as thrombocytopenic purpura, or ITP. This condition can be life threatening. It has been estimated that ITP develops in 1 in every 24,000 doses of the MMR vaccine that are given. ITP usually gets better without treatment but, as with any rash, you should seek advice from your physician as soon as possible.

Another MMR issue is that there is a small chance of seizures occurring within two weeks after having the MMR vaccine. This occurs in about 1 in every 1,000 doses.

In rare cases, a child can have a severe allergic reaction immediately after having the MMR vaccine. This happens in about 1 in 100,000 doses of the MMR vaccine. If the child is treated quickly, they will make a full recovery. Medical staff who give vaccines are trained to deal with these types of allergic reactions.

Finally, encephalitis or encephalopathy is a very serious MMR issue. This MMR side effect causes inflammation in the brain and can result in seizures, loss of consciousness, altered mental state, and many other medical problems.

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