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You can protect your child from measles with the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine. It's safe, effective and available for free from your GP. The MMR vaccine usually starts to provide protection after 14 days.

The vaccine is given in 2 doses. The first is at 12 months old and the second is between 4 and 5 years old.

It's sometimes recommended to have your child vaccinated if they are between 6 to 11 months old and travelling to regions where measles outbreaks have been reported.

Side-effects of MMR vaccine

The side-effects of the MMR vaccine are usually mild.

Side-effects include:

  • soreness in the area the vaccine was given
  • a mild rash and fever which can last between 6 and 10 days after the vaccination
  • swelling of the glands under their jaw 3 weeks after vaccination

These symptoms are not contagious.

The HSE's National Immunisation Office has more information on the MMR vaccine.

page last reviewed: 14/11/2018
next review due: 14/11/2021