An Update on MMR Vaccine Side Effects

November 12, 2012

An Update on MMR Vaccine Side Effects

There have been doubts about the safety of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine due to mmr vaccine side effects reported over time. Recent studies are still falling short of the mark to demonstrate safety issues with this vaccine. Current criticism revolves around the fact that the trials were too small and did not follow up on children involved in the study for long enough periods to determine if there would be any potential hazards involved. In other words, the long-term effects of the mmr vaccine are still in question.

Bear in mind that any vaccine or drug can cause side effects. For most individuals, side effects are generally minor and go away within a few days. However, vaccines that are licensed in the U.S. Have lists of side effects available through the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Vaccine Information Statements that come from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations. Vaccines are monitored on a regular basis for safety. If you decide not to immunize your child, that also puts your child at risk. The risk of mmr vaccine side effects such as harm or death is very remote. Getting a mmr vaccine is actually safer than getting measles, mumps or rubella. Mmr vaccine side effects are classified as mild, moderate and severe. The mild form of side effects includes fever which occurs in 1 out of 5 children, mild rash which occurs in 1 out of 20 children, and swollen glands in the cheek or neck area which is rare. These symptoms can be seen anywhere from 5 to 12 days after the first vaccination. Moderate reactions include seizure caused by fever can occur in 1 out of 1,250 children. Some children express a temporary low platelet count (can cause bleeding) which occurs 1 out of 40,000 children.

The most severe reactions which are extremely rare include deafness, long-term seizures and permanent brain damage. These severe complications are so rare that the medical community can’t say with any certainty that these reactions were actually caused by the vaccine or not. It has been reported that 80 percent of the children who get an mmr vaccine will present with no side effects at all, mild symptoms included. So, overly, mmr vaccine side effects that are moderate to severe are rare birds in deed.

In order to prevent experiencing mmr vaccine side effects, its a good idea to know who shouldn’t get one. If you have any allergies to any ingredients in the vaccine you should not take it. This is true of any vaccine, drug or natural supplement. If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. In fact, you should not get pregnant within 28 days after you are immunized with mmr. If you have a weak immune system or are receiving chemotherapy or high doses of steroids, do not get this vaccine. If you are ill in any way, you need to talk to your healthcare provider before you get an mmr vaccine.

Children who are vaccinated at 12 years of age are immune with the first mmr vaccination. The second dose provides immunization for life. It’s also good to know that if for some reason a child or you are revaccinated at some point, there is no increase for risk factors in terms of mmr vaccine side effects.

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