Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine: Ultimate Guide
Parents look out for the best interest of their child. However, due to many misconceptions and rumours (which are generally false) many of us avoid immunization for our babies. There are some diseases, our children can be prone to if we carry on this path and continue ignoring vaccination. MMR vaccine unlike most vaccines is a package deal. In other words, this one vaccine is used to immunize your baby against three different types of, potentially very damaging diseases.
Let’s first have a look at the diseases and its symptoms:
An infection of the respiratory system caused by the Measles virus. It can get serious if a child is in question. The symptoms appear in about 2 weeks of contraction of the disease and are flu like, accompanied by red rash on the face. It is contagious and is spread from an infected individual via nasal droplets.
It is a viral disease caused by the Mumps virus. Within two weeks of exposure to the virus, flu-like symptoms appear, including: fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of appetite, low-grade fever. These symptoms are trailed by a high fever and a swelling of the salivary glands, over the next few days. The glands may not all swell at once. More commonly, they swell and become painful periodically. If allowed to get out of hand, Mumps can lead to the swelling of reproductive organs and the brain. Everything goes downhill from there.
Also known as German Measles, is characterized by flu like symptoms, a red rash and inflammation of the lymph nodes. The rash generally first appears on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body, and lasts about three days. Other symptoms that may occur 1 to 5 days before the rash appears include: fever, headache, pink eye (redness or swelling of the white of the eye), cough, and runny nose. Children are more prone to contracting it as opposed to adults.
Looking at these bizarre diseases and their horrible symptoms, most parents are usually convinced that immunization is the way. However, due to our tight schedules and busy lifestyles we, often overlook this and forget about the significance of vaccination. Most of us are aware that all that Kids pick up and put in their mouth may not always be harmless and baby proofing only goes so far. This tendency of children is however, enough to get the baby critically sick and disrupt its day to day activities as well as yours.
By now we know that prevention is better than cure let us look at what we need to do for immunizing our baby.
MMR Vaccine is given in a total of 4 doses. The first 2 doses is for children between the ages of 12 to 15 months. Followed by another set of doses at the age of 4 years to 6 years. However, it should be noted that a gap of at least 4 weeks should be given between vaccinations to ensure that no complications arise later.
Mummies, be the best Mummies you can be and look after your little one, the best you can. Vaccination is the Way!