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Who should avoid the MMR vaccine?

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You shouldn't have the MMR vaccine if you're pregnant or have had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin, a previous MMR vaccine, or a medication called neomycins.

Talk with your doctor first if you:

  • Have HIV, or any other immune system disorder
  • Have cancer or are being given cancer drugs or X-rays
  • Are taking steroids or other drugs that affect the immune system
  • Have had a low platelet count
  • Have had a blood transfusion or took blood products
  • Have moderate or severe illness

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 September 11, 2016

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 September 11, 2016

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