MMR Vaccine Injury &
MMR Vaccine Side Effects

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What is the MMR vaccine? It protects children from measles, mumps and rubella viruses. It's often given in two doses between 9 months and 6 years of age.

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What is the MMR vaccine?

One of the most common childhood vaccines, the MMR shot is administered to prevent measles, mumps and rubella. In some cases your medical provider may recommend the MMRV shot which contains the additional varicella vaccine.


When do you get the MMR vaccine?

Generally, children receive two doses of the MMR vaccine. The first MMR dosage is normally administered between nine (9) and 15 months old. The second MMR vaccine dose is administered to children between four (4) and six (6) years old. It may be given earlier, but only after 28 days have passed since the first MMR vaccine dose. In some cases with pregnant women, the MMR vaccine will be administered to the child later in life in lieu of the child being transferred antibodies from the mother during birth which can diminish the effects of the MMR vaccine up until 12 months after birth. The measles vaccine, mumps vaccine and rubella vaccine can also be given individually or in various combinations of the three viruses.

For some adult women and men, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that if an adult does not currently have record of immunity that they receive one (1) dosage of the MMR vaccination. In addition, many higher education institutions across the United States require their students to provide proof of immunity which often means receiving a second dose, preferably receiving two (2) injections of the MMR vaccine at least 28 days apart. Lastly, the MMR vaccine in highly encouraged for those who are planning to travel internationally as measles is still prevalent in some parts of the world.


MMR vaccine side effects and injuries

The Measles, Mumps, Rubella (“MMR”) vaccine can cause various adverse reactions and injuries including shoulder injuries, Encephalitis, Encephalomyelitis ("ADEM"), Anaphylaxis, and and in rare cases, Guillain-Barré Syndrome. After the passing of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986, Congress created the VICP which included common vaccines that had shown a causal relationship to various injuries and reactions.

The MMR shot is frequently given to children and adults throughout their lifetime at different stages. Consequently, injuries or severe allergic reactions can and do happen. If you or a loved one has suffered from a MMR vaccine injury, you may be entitled to compensation from a federal program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund. The MMR vaccine contains a live virus and is frequently associated with the following risks:

  • Fever
  • Mild rash
  • Swelling of glands
  • Runny nose
  • Seizure
  • Pain and stiffness of the joints
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • Deafness or ear infection
  • Long-term seizures
  • Brain damage
  • Damage to the immune system
  • Other conditions

Recently, My Vaccine Lawyer's founding partner Max Muller was interviewed by NBC Philadelphia about MMR vaccine injuries along with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a federal compensation program for vaccine injuries in the United States.

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How to report an injury from the MMR vaccine

In the wake of an MMR vaccine injury, you should immediately notify your doctor's office. Be sure to provide the date of vaccination, the vaccine administrator’s information and the site of injection (i.e., left or right arm.) Your medical provider will ensure that you begin a course of treatment to best address your symptoms. Additionally, you should:

  • Call your doctor as some vaccine injuries can be life-threatening if left untreated;
  • Tell your doctor exactly what happened, the date and time of your vaccine, and shoulder it was given;
  • Ask your doctor to file a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System ("VAERS") form.

VAERS stands for the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which is a program managed by the CDC. The program processes submitted reports of vaccine injuries and adverse events from those who have been injured. It is important to note that VAERS does not diagnose those who have been injured with a vaccine injury, but rather compile data about reported adverse reactions for the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration in hopes of improving vaccine safety measures in the future. There are no restrictions to who can file a VAERS report and it is often used as supplemental evidence in vaccine cases when determining the onset of an injury or symptoms.


Compensation for MMR vaccine injuries

If you suffered a reaction, illness, or injury after receiving the MMR vaccine, you may qualify for compensation from a federal government fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Contact the injury attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer for more information to see if your serious reaction is covered under the Vaccine Injury Table. Our injury lawyers have represented severe cases of MMR injuries in vaccine court since 2012 for clients across the United States. Call (800) 229-7704 to speak directly with a vaccine injury attorney today.


Page last reviewed and updated: March 10, 2021

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