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What is it?

How effective is the MMRV vaccine?

Who should receive the vaccine?

*In Ontario, two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination after the first birthday are required for school attendance under the Immunization of School Pupils Act. In addition, two doses of chickenpox vaccine are required for students born in 2010 or later.

Are there side effects with the vaccine?

The most common side effects from the MMRV vaccine:

Severe allergic reactions after vaccination are very rare and may not be related to the vaccine. However, if you think a serious reaction is developing, seek medical attention right away. Any unusual or significant changes in your health or your child’s health after receiving the vaccine should be reported to a health care provider and to the Health Department.

Salicylates (ASA or Aspirin) should not be given for 6 weeks after receiving chickenpox vaccine, unless indicated by your health care provider.

Who should NOT get the vaccine?

If you have any medical conditions, discuss the vaccine with a health care provider to determine if you should receive it.

Your record of protection

After you or your child receives a vaccine, update your immunization record (yellow card). For children in school or child care, please call the Health Department to update your child’s immunization records. Keep your records in a safe place!

* Parents must contact the Health Department if you object to immunization based on conscious or religious beliefs, or if your child cannot be immunized for medical reasons.

September 21, 2017