The summer period is quite a popular time to travel for most London travellers. Regardless, it is specifically essential to remind patients about the outbreaks of measles, mumps and rubella in some countries and necessary prevention strategies.
The MMR vaccination is a combination vaccine, which is often administered to protect patients against measles, mumps and rubella.
Measles, mumps and rubella are all viral diseases, which can be very serious in some cases. Before MMR vaccinations were introduced, they were very common in many parts of the world, including London and the United States, especially among children.
Measles often starts as fever, cough, runny nose, pinpoint rash, and conjunctivitis when they occur. When they are not promptly controlled, it can lead to ear infection, diarrhoea, brain damage, pneumonia and even death.
It causes fever, tiredness, headache, muscle aches, swollen salivary glands and loss of appetite amongst affected patients. Complications may include swelling of the male and female reproductive areas like the ovaries and testicles, deafness, meningitis, and on rare occasions, may lead to death.
Symptoms of rubella include fever, sore throat, headache, itchy eyes, andrashes. If Rubella is contracted by a woman when she is pregnant, it may lead to miscarriage or congenital disabilities.
The good thing is, you can protect yourself and ward from these diseases with proper and timely vaccination before travelling to any part of the country for vacation.
According to the centre for disease control and prevention, it is recommended that all children should receive 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. The first dose is expected to be given to the child at 12-15 months of age, while the second dose should be given at 4-6 years of age. A dose of the vaccination is approximately 93% effective in preventing measles, while 2 doses are approximately 97% effective.
It is very important to get vaccinated before travelling to any country of your choice. Most of the frequently asked questions we often get from both existing and new patients in our travel clinic are often centred on issues regarding the ideal candidate for MMR travel vaccines. People who are above 6 months of age, travelling to any country are expected to get vaccinated before travelling.
Well, here is the breakdown:
The MMR vaccines are very safe and in fact, effective at preventing measles, mumps and rubella amongst patient. Just like any vaccine, MMR vaccines can depict a few side effects, which are not entirely serious. This may include the following:
MMR is not just for all patients; you should visit a London travel clinic to ensure you are the right candidate for MMR vaccines.
Regardless, below are a list of people who should not get this vaccine
Notwithstanding, you are expected to speak to a qualified travel clinic before getting vaccinated. Call us on 020 37457527, for consultations, vaccinations, and travel medications.
For more information, consultation and advice, Call us on 020 37457527, we are more than willing to help you.