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Why do adults need the MMR vaccine?

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The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles). Many children in the U.S. are immunized as infants and toddlers, but that doesn't guarantee lifetime protection. And not everyone gets vaccinated as a child. Many adults move to the U.S. from countries without immunization programs. World travel raises the chances of these diseases spreading.

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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