What is MMR?
It MMR is one of the most effective vaccines available to prevent many diseases,including measles. MMR is a vaccine that helps protect against measles, mumps, and rubella. Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. The MMR vaccine uses a small amount of the live viruses found in measles, mumps, and rubella to protect you from getting sick from these illnesses. If adults receive an MMR vaccine but do not get infected with one of the targeted infections, they will have immunity for the rest of their lives against these infections. The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine is a common immunization for people ages 12 months and older to help prevent them from contracting all three diseases. This vaccination helps the body build protection against diseases. Getting vaccinated is important because measles is a highly contagious disease that is especially dangerous for children. Vaccines help prevent this disease from spreading by preventing people from being exposed to the virus that causes it.