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MEASLES/MUMPS/RUBELLA/VARICELLA VACCINE - INJECTION
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): ProQuad
USES: This medication is a combination of vaccines against several virus infections: measles (also known as rubeola), mumps, rubella (also known as German measles), and varicella (also known as chickenpox). These are common childhood infections that may cause serious (rarely fatal) problems. Vaccination is the best way to protect against these infections. Vaccines work by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies).
This combination of vaccines is usually used in children between 12 months and 12 years old.
HOW TO USE: Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, consult your health care provider.
This medication is given by injection by a health care professional. Depending on the brand of vaccine your child receives, it will be given either under the skin or into the muscle of the upper arm.
Vaccines are usually given in a series of doses to provide the best protection. Closely follow the vaccination schedule provided by the doctor. Keep all scheduled medical appointments. It may be helpful to mark a calendar as a reminder.
This combination of vaccines may be given at the same time as other childhood vaccines (such as haemophilus, hepatitis B) using a separate needle and injection site.
There are various combinations of vaccines available. Based on your child's age, vaccination history, and previous reaction to vaccines, the health care professional will decide which vaccines are best for your child. Discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with the health care professional.
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