Healthy New Jersey


Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

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Key Points

  • MMR shots provide protection against measles, mumps, and rubella.
  • Children are recommended to receive two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12-15 months of age, and the second dose at 4-6 years of age.
  • Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.
  • People 6 months of age and older who will be traveling internationally should be protected against measles. If you plan to travel internationally, make sure you are protected before you travel, no matter where you are going.

About the MMR Shots

MMR vaccine is safe and effective at protecting against measles, mumps, and rubella, and is administered in two doses. The vaccine is also effective at preventing complications caused by these highly contagious diseases.

Complications from measles include:
  • Ear infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Serious complications: pneumonia (infection of the lungs); encephalitis (swelling of the brain)
Complications from mumps include:
  • Inflammation of testicles, breasts, and ovaries; pancreas; brain (encephalitis), and spinal cord (meningitis)
  • Deafness
  • Decreased fertility
Complications from rubella include:
  • Arthritis in up to 70% of women who get infected
  • Brain infections
  • Bleeding problems
  • Miscarriage
  • Death of newborns shortly after birth

Where to Get the Shots

Your Health Care Provider

Your health care provider can provide MMR vaccinations. Contact their office to schedule an appointment.

Local Health Department

New Jersey's local health departments often provide vaccinations. Check with your county or municipal health department for information on vaccination clinics or schedules.


Many pharmacies in New Jersey offer vaccinations, including MMR shots. You can check their websites for information or visit the pharmacy in person.

Urgent Care Centers

Some urgent care centers also offer vaccination services. Call ahead to confirm that they provide the MMR vaccine and inquire about any specific requirements.

Community Clinics

Look for community clinics or public health clinics in your area. These facilities may offer immunization services, and you can often find information on their websites or by contacting them directly.

Vaccination Events

Keep an eye out for vaccination events or campaigns organized by local health departments or other community partners. These events may offer free or discounted vaccinations.

Importance of the MMR Vaccine

The MMR vaccine is vital for several reasons:

Prevents Serious Diseases

Measles, mumps, and rubella can lead to severe complications. The MMR vaccine significantly reduces the risk of these illnesses.

Protects Vulnerable Populations

Infants, pregnant women, and individuals with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to complications from these diseases. Getting everyone who is eligible vaccinated helps protect those who are most vulnerable.

Contributes to Community Immunity

Achieving a high vaccination rate in the community creates herd immunity, making it difficult for diseases to spread. This protects individuals who cannot receive the vaccine for medical reasons.

Protect yourself and your community by getting the MMR shots. 

Protects Travelers

Vaccine-preventable diseases, like measles, mumps, and rubella, are still common in many parts of the world. Anyone who is not protected against them is at risk of getting infected when traveling internationally. Protect yourself by getting the MMR shots. Talk to your health care provider before traveling.

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