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Who should get the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine?

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The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for all children. It protects against three potentially serious illnesses. It is a two-part vaccination, and in most states, you must prove your children have gotten it before they can enter school. If you are an adult who has not had the vaccination or the diseases, you may need the MMR shot, too.

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "MMR-Vaccine."

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "A Look at Each Vaccine: MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Vaccine."

The Immunization Action Coalition: "Measles Vaccine Questions and Answers."

CDC: "MMR Vaccine."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "MMR-Vaccine."

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "A Look at Each Vaccine: MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Vaccine."

The Immunization Action Coalition: "Measles Vaccine Questions and Answers."

CDC: "MMR Vaccine."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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