Monday, October 3, 2011

Free MMR Vaccination Against the Measles Outbreak

Vaccination
Today, my 2 sons aged 9 and 10 were given free MMR vaccinations in school. It was the Ministry of Health which conducted this drive as a protection of the children against the reported measles outbreak.

MMR means measles, mumps and rubella. These are three different diseases that are caused by three different viruses. The vaccines used to immunise against measles, mumps and rubella are all combined into one injection - the MMR vaccine. 

Children should have their first dose of the MMR vaccine at 12 to 13 months of age. The second dose is given at around 3 years and four months to 5 years of age.
Child with 4-day measles. Image from Wikipedia

The dose that my children received are
actually their third dose. Those who were from Grade 2 to high school were given this third dose. They are actually recommending the third dose for those aged 8 to 24. 

The symptoms of people who catch measles include fever, cough, red eyes and blocked nose, and general feeling of being unwell.  The blotchy rash will appear a few days later, starting from the face and spreading downwards to the rest of the body over several days. If a child is suspected to have measles, he or she should not attend school for five days after the rash appears.

If your children have not yet received this vaccine or immunization, it would be good to give them now as a protection against any outbreak.



4 comments:

teecup said...

Kids these days are lucky. They have all sorts of vaccination against dreaded diseases.

My siblings and I were not vaccinated for measles. We suffered from the outbreak together right after college. It was not cool to be sick.

Mona said...

Wow, galing naman its free. my daughter kyla has this vaccination too.

sir rob said...

My son will get his own too later this month for his second dose. I'm sure this will be another painful day for him.

Chin chin said...

@teecup, I agree with you. Kids these days do not have to suffer as much if they can afford the vaccine.

@Mona, I'm really glad its free.

@sir rob, anyway, the pain will only be for a while. At least he's protected from MMR.