We have all heard about the recent outbreak of measles and mumps in Toronto. Two doses of MMR vaccine is the best protection against measles and mumps.
What is Measles?
It’s a super contagious viral infection causing blotchy rashes to the face and body. Symptoms are worst for babies and adults, with some needing hospital care.
What is Mumps?
It’s also a viral infection, that can cause swelling of the salivary glands and pain. For youth and adults, it can cause swelling of the testicles or ovaries.
Who is at risk?
- Babies are at greater risk because they are not due for the MMR vaccine until one-year of age.
- Persons born between 1970 and 1992, may have only received one dose of the MMR vaccine. Two doses provides the best protection.
- Persons travelling to areas where measles or mumps are circulating (including Europe and Nova Scotia).
Have travel plans?
Check your family’s vaccination record to ensure everyone is protected.
- Babies can get a dose of MMR vaccine prior to their first birthday, if travelling to areas where measles or mumps are circulating.
- Speak with your doctor.
Visit Toronto Public Health – Immunization or call 416-392-1250 to learn more.