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Generic Name: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine (MEE-zills, mumps, and rue-BELL-a)
Brand Name: M-M-R II

M-M-R II is used for:

Preventing measles, mumps, and rubella.

M-M-R II is a vaccine. It stimulates the body to produce antibodies against infection of measles, mumps, or rubella.

Do NOT use M-M-R II if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in M-M-R II , including gelatin, or you have a severe allergy to neomycin
  • you are pregnant
  • you have advanced HIV, AIDS, a weakened immune system, a blood disease, low blood levels of gamma globulin, untreated active tuberculosis (TB), an illness accompanied by fever, or an illness affecting bone marrow or lymph systems

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using M-M-R II :

Some medical conditions may interact with M-M-R II . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a family history of immune system problems, fever, a tumor, or low white blood cell counts
  • if you have recently received a blood or plasma transfusion, or human immune serum globulin

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with M-M-R II . However, no specific interactions with M-M-R II are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if M-M-R II may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use M-M-R II :

Use M-M-R II as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • M-M-R II is administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor any questions that you may have about M-M-R II .
  • If you miss a dose of M-M-R II , contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use M-M-R II .

Important safety information:

  • If you have a TB skin test within 8 months of receiving this vaccine, tell the doctor that you have received this vaccine.
  • In adult women, joint pain may occur 2 to 4 weeks after an injection. This usually lasts only a short time.
  • M-M-R II is not recommended for use in INFANTS younger than 15 months of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use M-M-R II if you are pregnant. If you suspect that you could be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. After receiving M-M-R II , do not become pregnant for at least 3 months without checking with your doctor. It is unknown if M-M-R II is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using M-M-R II , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of M-M-R II :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning or stinging at the injection site; cough; diarrhea; dizziness; feeling ill; fever; headache; nausea; painful or swollen joints 2 to 4 weeks after receiving the vaccination; sore throat; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; swelling of the glands in the jaw; swelling of the testicles.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of M-M-R II :

M-M-R II is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using M-M-R II at home, store M-M-R II as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep M-M-R II out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about M-M-R II , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • M-M-R II is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about M-M-R II . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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