MMR

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MMR Vaccine Price
Single MMR Vaccination £55
Course of Treatment: 2 doses required £110
Total cost including nurse fee £130

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MMR Vaccination

The MMR is a combined vaccine that provides protection against measles, mumps and rubella (german measles) – which are all highly infectious diseases. They all possess potential health complications and can be fatal for children and adults, this is why vaccination is so important.

Measles, mumps and rubella were extremely common before the vaccine was introduced in 1988. Since the vaccine rollout, rates of infection have dropped dramatically, however, there are still breakouts among unvaccinated people and it remains important for children to continue to be vaccinated.

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At what age should you be immunised against MMR?

The MMR vaccine is usually given to children between ages 1 and 3 years.

This is because newborn babies have antibodies passed on from their mother at birth.
It’s important to catch up on any missed vaccines. Therefore, any older children or adults who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated are also advised to complete the MMR vaccination course. This is particularly important for those about to start university, travel abroad, planning a baby and/ or are healthcare workers. Those born between 1970-1990 may only have received a vaccination against just measles or measles and rubella only, so a full MMR vaccination course is recommended.

How many doses of the MMR is required?

2 doses of the MMR vaccine are required for full protection.

Your nurse will discuss when you require your second dose and we will send a reminder beforehand so you don’t forget.

How effective is the vaccine?

After a full course, the MMR vaccine is highly effective in protecting against measles, mumps and rubella.

It is 99% effective against measles and rubella and 88% effective against mumps.
Those who are vaccinated and still catch mumps are more likely to develop mild symptoms and much less likely to be hospitalised.

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What is Measles?

Measles is a highly infectious virus that is spread via water droplets.

Droplets can be spread by coughing, sneezing or talking and you can become infected through breathing in infected droplets or touching a surface contaminated by droplets and then touching your face.

Symptoms of measles usually start to appear 7-14 days after you become infected, which include:

  • Runny/blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • High temperature
  • Sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
  • Sore throat
  • White spots inside the mouth

Around 14 days after exposure, a skin rash usually appears – starting on the head and then spreading to other parts of the body.

There is no specific treatment for measles and most people will recover naturally, however, sometimes it can result in serious health complications including lung infection (pneumonia) and brain infection (encephalitis) or even death.

What is Mumps?

Mumps is a viral infection which primarily affects the salivary glands near your ears.

It is spread via water droplets that can be inhaled or picked up from surfaces and transferred to the mouth. The main symptom of mumps is painful swelling in the side of the face and under the ears.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • High temperature

There is no specific treatment for mumps and most people recover naturally within a week or two. Serious complications are very rare but in some cases mumps can lead to viral meningitis, swollen testicals or ovaries, and pancreatitis.

What is Rubella?

Rubella (German measles) is a viral infection that causes a red rash on the body.

It is spread via water droplets that can be inhaled or picked up from surfaces and transferred to the mouth. The main symptom of rubella is a red/pink spotty rash which starts behind the ears and spreads to head, neck and body.

Other symptoms include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • High temperature
  • Headache
  • Aching joints
  • Cough
  • Sore, red eyes
  • Runny nose/sneezing

There is no specific treatment for rubella and most people recover naturally after a week or so. Rubella is generally seen as a mild illness, however it can cause serious complications for pregnant women. While it is rare for pregnant women to be infected with rubella, it can cause serious problems with a baby’s sight, hearing, heart and brain or even cause miscarridge.

Book your MMR vaccination online

Book Appointment

MMR Vaccine Price
Single MMR Vaccination £55
Course of Treatment: 2 doses required £110
Total cost including nurse fee £130

Fleet Street Clinic is not a VAT registered company

FAQs

Your child’s vaccination history is recorded in a red book and so that we can keep their vaccination records accurate and up to date, we would recommend that you bring it with you to your appointment. Although, rest assured, if you forget it, we can still see you and vaccinate your child without it.

No, concerns about the link of autism to the MMR vaccine were first expressed in the late 1990s. This medical paper was discreated and the doctor was struck off but this hasn’t stopped the dangerous misconception of a link. There is no evidence of any link between the MMR vaccine and autism and all those unvaccinated should continue to get the MMR vaccine.

The MMR vaccine is a live vaccine that protects againsts measles, mumps and rubella. The body responds to the vaccine by producing antibodies which will help the body fight off any potential future infection for any of the diseases.

Most side effects are mild and short-lasting. The most common side effect is redness, soreness or swelling around the injection site. Babies and young children may develop a high temperature.

It is advised that those who are pregnant to delay until after birth as a precautionary measure. As with most live vaccines, those who are immunocompromised should seek guidance from their doctor prior to vaccination.

The MMR vaccine is routinely administered during their NHS childhood vaccination programme. Some areas of the UK are experiencing temporary delays due to the demand of the Covid-19 pandemic and so, for more flexibility you can opt to have vaccinations privately.

All vaccinations are not instant and require a couple of weeks to reach maximum protection. In this time your body is building up an antibody response which will protect you against future exposure to measles, mumps and/ or rubella. It is important to remember that full protection is not achieved if you do not finish the vaccination course.

Once a full vaccination course is completed, in case of the MMR vaccine that is 2 doses, no further booster vaccinations are required. You will be considered to have lifelong immunity. For those requiring proof of immunity for work-purposes, without proof of vaccination, it may be suitable to offer a single vaccination to those who are certain they have had the full course.

No, an adult and child is considered to have life-long immunity following 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. It is important to complete the course, following which you will be considered protected for life.