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MMR Vaccine Injuries and Adverse Reactions

The Measles, Mumps, Rubella (“MMR”) vaccine can cause various adverse reactions and injuries including shoulder injuries, EncephalitisEncephalomyelitis ("ADEM"), Anaphylaxis, and among other injuries. The MMR shot is frequently given to children and adults throughout their lifetime at different stages. Consequently, injuries 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.


About the MMR Vaccine

The MMR vaccine is administered to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella. Generally, children receive two doses of the MMR vaccine. The first MMR dosage is normally administered between 12 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, 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.

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For those later in life, 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 vaccine. In addition, many higher education institutions across the United States require their students to provide proof of immunity, preferably receiving two (2) doses 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 Symptoms and Reactions

The MMR vaccine contains a live virus and is frequently associated with the following risks:

  • Fever
  • Mild rash
  • Swelling of glands
  • Seizure
  • Pain and stiffness of the joints
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • Deafness
  • Long-term seizures
  • Other conditions

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types and Ingredients of the MMR vaccine

The MMR-II vaccine, made by Merck & Co., Inc., is made up of the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):

  • Sorbitol
  • Sodium phosphate
  • Sucrose
  • Sodium chloride
  • Hydrolyzed gelatin
  • Recombinant human albumin
  • Fetal bovine serum
  • Neomycin
  • Additional buffer and media ingredients

The MMR ProQuad vaccine, made by Merck & Co., Inc., is made up of the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):

  • Sucrose
  • Hydrolyzed gelatin
  • Urea (refrigerator stable formulation only)
  • Sodium chloride
  • Sorbitol
  • Monosodium L-glutamate
  • Sodium phosphate
  • Recombinant human albumin
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Potassium phosphate
  • Potassium chloride
  • Components of MRC-5 cells (including DNA and protein)
  • Neomycin
  • Bovine serum albumin
  • Sodium phosphate dibasic (frozen formulation only)
  • Potassium phosphate monobasic (frozen formulation only)
  • Potassium phosphate dibasic (frozen formulation only)
  • Additional buffer and media ingredients


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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 fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Contact the injury attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer for more information. Our representation comes at no cost to you. Call (800) 229-7704 to speak directly with a vaccine injury attorney today.


Page last reviewed and updated: December 2, 2020

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