Is the measles vaccine safe?

Research has shown that the measles vaccine (MMR) is safe. Getting vaccinated is much safer than getting any of the three diseases the vaccine protects against.

You can get more information on the safety of the vaccine for Measles from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Like any medication, the measles vaccine (MMR) may cause side effects. Most are mild:

  • Pain at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Mild rash
  • Swollen glands in the cheek or neck

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1. What should I do if I’m not sure whether or not I’m immune to measles?
2. Who is at risk of getting measles?
3. How long is a person with measles contagious?
4. What if someone in my family might have measles?
5. Isn’t measles rare in the US?
6. How does measles spread?
7. How is measles treated?
8. How is measles prevented?
9. Where can I get more information about measles?
10. What is the measles vaccine?
11. Who should get the measles vaccine (MMR vaccine)?
12. Where can I get the measles vaccine?
13. How do I pay for the measles vaccine?
14. Could I still get measles if I’ve been fully vaccinated?
15. Do I need a booster vaccine?
16. Is the measles vaccine safe?
17. Can you get measles from someone who has recently been vaccinated?
18. How soon can a new baby get vaccinated against measles?
19. My baby is under 12 months old. What should I do since they are too young for the MMR vaccine?
20. Should pregnant women get the measles vaccine (MMR)?
21. My family member has a weakened immune system. What should we do to make sure they are protected?
22. I’m traveling to another country. Do I need to get the measles vaccine (MMR)?