Measles, Mumps, Rubella

Measles is a very infectious viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes. Measles can be highly contagious, and there is chance of being infected if you are not protected. 1 in 5000 people with measles is likely to die. Mumps is also a viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes or close contact with someone who already has the infection. Rubella is another viral illness, also called as German Measles. There is no treatment and cure for these illness but there are medications to relieve the symptoms.

Symptoms


Measles: fever, sore red eyes, and rash which can be a very serious infection for some people.
Mumps: headache and fever but the most common symptom is swelling and pain of the glands at the side of the face that can give you the appearance of “hamster face”, difficulty swallowing. Can include inflammation of the ovaries or testicles, and in rarer cases, the pancreas. Mumps can also cause viral meningitis and encephalitis (infection of the brain).
Rubella: rash, cold-like symptoms, and aching joints. Complications of rubella are rare but if a pregnant woman catches rubella during pregnancy, there can be devastating consequences for her unborn baby which could lead to the baby being born with cataracts (eye problems), deafness, heart problems or brain damage.

Vaccination

The MMR vaccine is a single vaccine that protects against three infections; measles, mumps and rubella. Over 99% of those who have two doses of the vaccine will be protected against measles and rubella. If you have low immunity for measles, mumps or rubella, then a booster can be given to increase immunity. It is a live, attenuated vaccine which means that it contains weakened versions of measles, mumps and rubella viruses. These have been weakened enough to produce immunity without causing disease.
Vaccine Name Course Per Dose
Measles mumps and rubella (MMR) 2 Doses £70