Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) are transmitted through airborne droplets spread from the respiratory tract of an infective person. Occasionally, transmission can occur through the direct contact of throat or nasal secretions of an infected person. Measles and Mumps are on the increase worldwide and so it is always a good idea to check that you have received 2 doses of MMR vaccine before you travel. This is particularly important if you are planning on working closely with local communities and children abroad.
Individuals born before 1970 are likely to have had all three natural infections and are less likely to be susceptible. MMR vaccine should be offered to all travellers who have not had 2 doses of vaccine or confirmed illnesses in the past.
Healthcare workers- your employer may request that you have had two doses of MMR vaccine or a blood test to check you have sufficient antibodies.
Two doses – Day 0 and Day 30
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Booster – not required after a 2 dose course
Children – can be given to infants and children aged 1 year and over
Note: MMR is a live vaccine and should be given on the same day as certain other live vaccines or separated by 4 weeks. Please note: if you require an MMR vaccine and yellow fever vaccine these must be separated by 4 weeks and cannot be given on the same day or within 4 weeks of receiving yellow fever.
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