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M-M-R II Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (M-M-R II)?
- What are the possible side effects of this vaccine (M-M-R II)?
- What is the most important information I should know about this vaccine (M-M-R II)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine (M-M-R II)?
- How is this vaccine given (M-M-R II)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (M-M-R II)?
- What happens if I overdose (M-M-R II)?
- What should I avoid before or after receiving this vaccine (M-M-R II)?
- What other drugs will affect measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (M-M-R II)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (M-M-R II)?
Contact your doctor if you will miss a booster dose or if you get behind schedule. The next dose should be given as soon as possible. There is no need to start over.
Be sure to receive all recommended doses of this vaccine. You may not be fully protected if you do not receive the full series.
What happens if I overdose (M-M-R II)?
An overdose of this vaccine is unlikely to occur.
What should I avoid before or after receiving this vaccine (M-M-R II)?
Do not receive a "live" vaccine for at least 4 weeks after you have received the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), oral polio, rotavirus, smallpox, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), H1N1 influenza, and nasal flu vaccine.
What other drugs will affect measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (M-M-R II)?
Before receiving this vaccine, tell the doctor about all other vaccines you have recently received.
Also tell the doctor if you have recently received drugs or treatments that can weaken the immune system, including:
- an oral, nasal, inhaled, or injectable steroid medicine;
- medications to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune disorders, such as azathioprine (Imuran), etanercept (Enbrel), leflunomide (Arava), and others; or
- medicines to treat or prevent organ transplant rejection, such as basiliximab (Simulect), cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral, Gengraf), muromonab-CD3 (Orthoclone), mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept), sirolimus (Rapamune), or tacrolimus (Prograf).
If you are using any of these medications, you may not be able to receive the vaccine, or may need to wait until the other treatments are finished.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist may have information about this vaccine written for health professionals that you may read. You may also find additional information from your local health department or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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