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Should someone ever get more than one dose of the MMR vaccine?

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Adults with higher odds of measles or mumps should get two doses, the second one 4 weeks after the first. This includes adults who:

  • Have been exposed to measles or mumps or live in an area where an outbreak happened
  • Are students in colleges or trade schools
  • Travel internationally
  • Work in health care
  • Were previously given a vaccine other than the live-type of vaccine used today
  • Got an MMR vaccine between 1963 and '67, but there's no record of what type.

From: MMR Vaccine for Adults WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule: United States, 2010," "Measles Vaccination," "Measles (Rubeola)," "Mumps," "Mumps Vaccination," "Rubella (German Measles) Vaccination," "Measles, Mumps & Rubella Vaccines: What You Need To Know," "Measles Vaccination: Who Needs It?" and "Mumps Vaccination: Who Needs It?"

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts about Measles for Adults."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Vaccinations for Adults."

World Health Organization: "Measles."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule: United States, 2010," "Measles Vaccination," "Measles (Rubeola)," "Mumps," "Mumps Vaccination," "Rubella (German Measles) Vaccination," "Measles, Mumps & Rubella Vaccines: What You Need To Know," "Measles Vaccination: Who Needs It?" and "Mumps Vaccination: Who Needs It?"

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts about Measles for Adults."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Vaccinations for Adults."

World Health Organization: "Measles."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 15, 2018

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