What age is the MMR vaccine given to fight measles, mumps and rubella?

All children ages 12 months and older who have not received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine should get the first dose as soon as possible. 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends the following MMR vaccine schedule by age to prevent measles.

  • All children ages 12 months and older who have not received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine should get the first dose as soon as possible. A second MMR dose is routinely recommended between age 4 and 6 but can be given as soon as 28 days after the first dose.
  • Adults born during and after 1957 who have never received an MMR vaccine and never had a medical provider indicate they were immune to measles should get the vaccine as soon as possible. Adults attending college or working in a health care setting should receive two MMR doses at least 28 days apart.

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  • Children 12 months and older and adults planning to travel internationally should receive two MMR doses at least 28 days apart. Infants should receive one dose of MMR before leaving the U.S.

Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. It spreads very easily among those who aren’t vaccinated — just being in the same room with someone who has measles can get you infected.

Symptoms of measles

  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes that may be sensitive to light

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