MMR Vaccine for Travel

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MMR Vaccine


Measles, Mumps and Rubella are viruses which cause potentially fatal illnesses spread via coughing and sneezing. The viruses are present in virtually every country in the world and hence is recommended to all travellers if visiting for extending periods and if two doses of the vaccine have not already been received as part of the childhood vaccination program

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Vaccination Pricing

£50 Per dose

£50 - £100 Per Course

Signs & Symptoms

  • Swelling of the brain
  • Deafness
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Red, sore eyes

The Vaccination

Ages (Years) Doses Required Schedule Time before travel Boost required at
6 month plus 1 or 2 ** 0 & 1 month Up to day before* n/a

*The vaccine is at its most effective when given ample time to become active. Some immunity will be provided if it is administered up to the day before travel.

**Depending on if any vaccine was administered as part of the childhood vaccination

How do you catch MMR?

MMR stands for measles, mumps, and rubella, which are three separate viral infections. Each infection has its own mode of transmission. Here's how you can catch each of these infections:

  1. Measles:
    • Measles is highly contagious and spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also spread by direct contact with infected respiratory secretions or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.
  1. Mumps:
    • Mumps is also transmitted through respiratory droplets from infected individuals. It can spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, leading to the inhalation of infected droplets. Additionally, mumps can be transmitted through direct contact with infected saliva or surfaces contaminated with the virus.
  1. Rubella:
    • Rubella, also known as German measles, is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets from an infected person. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, tiny droplets containing the rubella virus can be inhaled by others. It can also spread through direct contact with infected respiratory secretions or by touching contaminated surfaces.

It's important to note that the MMR vaccine is highly effective in preventing measles, mumps, and rubella. Vaccination not only protects individuals from these infections but also helps prevent the spread of these diseases within communities. Vaccination is typically recommended as part of routine childhood immunization schedules and may require additional booster doses in adulthood, depending on the country's guidelines.

Maintaining good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing and covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, can also help reduce the risk of transmission for these viral infections.

Who is at risk from MMR?

While anyone can contract measles, mumps, or rubella, certain populations may be at a higher risk of experiencing complications from these infections. The following groups are considered to be at an increased risk:

  1. Unvaccinated individuals: Those who have not received the MMR vaccine or are under-vaccinated have a higher risk of contracting measles, mumps, or rubella if exposed to the respective viruses.
  2. Infants and young children: Infants younger than 1 year of age are particularly vulnerable to complications from measles, including pneumonia and encephalitis. Similarly, mumps can lead to serious complications in young children, such as meningitis and inflammation of the testicles or ovaries.
  3. Pregnant women: Rubella infection during pregnancy can have severe consequences for the developing fetus, including birth defects, such as hearing loss, vision problems, heart abnormalities, and developmental delays. Pregnant women who are not immune to rubella and are exposed to the virus are at risk.
  4. Immunocompromised individuals: People with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS, undergoing cancer treatment, or with certain immune disorders, are more susceptible to severe complications from measles, mumps, or rubella.
  5. Healthcare workers: Healthcare professionals who come into contact with infected individuals without proper protection may have an increased risk of acquiring these infections.

It's important to note that widespread vaccination has significantly reduced the incidence of these diseases. Vaccination not only protects individuals but also helps prevent the spread of these viruses within communities, creating herd immunity and protecting vulnerable populations who cannot be vaccinated.

If you have concerns about your risk or the risk to a specific individual, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional who can provide personalized guidance based on the specific circumstances.

Symptoms of MMR

The symptoms of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) can vary, and not all individuals may experience the same set of symptoms. Here are the typical symptoms associated with each infection:


  • High fever
  • Rash: Characterized by small, red spots that begin on the face and spread to other parts of the body.
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Sore throat
  • Koplik's spots: Small white spots with a bluish-white center on the inside lining of the cheek.


  • Swollen and painful salivary glands, typically affecting the parotid glands located just below and in front of the ears.
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite


  • Rash: A pink or light red rash that starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body.
  • Mild fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes, particularly behind the ears and at the back of the neck
  • Mild joint pain
  • Headache
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Mild conjunctivitis

It's worth noting that some individuals infected with measles, mumps, or rubella may not exhibit symptoms or may have mild symptoms that go unnoticed. However, these infections can still be transmitted to others.

If you suspect that you or someone you know has been exposed to MMR or is experiencing symptoms consistent with these infections, it is recommended to seek medical attention for diagnosis and appropriate care. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella and their associated complications.

What are the MMR Risk Areas?

MMR Risk Areas

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