Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Measles and Mumps…oh my!

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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.

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