Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mom of 3 | 2012-09-05



Good morning,
I have 3 boys aged 8, 6 and 4 (turning 5 end Nov).
Last week my 8 year old and 4 year old was diagnosed with Rubella, to which they have recovered now. However, my question is around the MMR vaccination. I have checked their immunisation cards and I cannot see the MMR vaccination recorded and I do not remember if they had the MMR vaccination. They are up to date on all other vaccinations but I see on the card that the booster vaccination section is blank. So I am thinking that I might have missed the MMR vaccination but not sure. Could I take all 3 again for the MMR vaccination now even though my 8 year old and 4 year old has already had Rubella? My 8 year old had it very mildly with a very mild rash and headaches, and my 4 year old was covered all over in the rash and had headaches - now both better and back to school.
Just not sure if I can take them now for the MMR and if it will help as I would hate for them to get Mumps especially.

Please advise?
Thank you
Mom of 3.

Expert's Reply



The MMR vaccination is usually given at 15 months with the booster being given at between 4 and 6 years. As your boys have missed out on the MMR, it would be a good idea for them to have the MMR to protect them against measles and mumps. Your 6 year old would benefit from the protection offered against Rubella as well.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-09-05

The booster is usually given the year before they go to school.

I would also worry about the mumps and the measles, so personally I would do it even though they have had rubella.

Also, if you did the government schedule, they would have had measles at 9 and 18 months and 6 years but not MMR at 15 months and 6 years - as its only done on the private schedule.

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