Adult MMR Vaccine FAQs


What the MMR vaccine is for?

The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella (german measles). These 3 infections spread easily between people and can lead to serious problems. 2 doses of the MMR vaccine gives you long-term protection.

Getting vaccinated also helps protect people who cannot be vaccinated, such as unborn babies, newborn babies and anyone with a weakened immune system.

Who should have the MMR vaccine?

The MMR vaccine is recommended for all babies and young children, but older children and adults can have it if they were not vaccinated when they were younger.

Am I Vaccinated?

 You can check your vaccination status in a number of ways:

  • NHS App
  • Online Services (SystmOnline)
  • Via request to the surgery (We are recieving a large amount of these queries at this time and you may experience delays with this method)

You may be able to get vaccinated as an adult, if you did not have it as a child, you only had 1 dose or you're not sure if you've been fully vaccinated.

How do I catch up on the MMR Vaccine later?

  • Older children who missed being vaccinated when they were younger may be able to get the MMR vaccine through their school.
  • If you have not had measles, mumps or rubella (german measles) or their vaccines, you can request the MMR vaccine.
  • If you need the MMR vaccine for your work, you should be able to get it through your employer's occupational health service

Please contact the surgery to find out more

Can I have the MMR vaccine during Ramadan?

Many Muslim scholars say you can have the MMR vaccine when you're fasting for Ramadan. This is because it's injected into the muscle and does not give you food or water. You can speak to your GP for advice on when to have your MMR vaccine.

If you suspect Measles

Measles can spread to others very easily. Please inform us before attending the surgery if you suspect you or your child may have measles. It may be safer to talk over the phone. 

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