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.