MMR Vaccine

MMR Vaccine

  • 20 July 2015
  • News

The MMR vaccine is hot in the news at the moment with the recent measles outbreak.  As a result we have had calls to our helpline on this subject.  The advice from our Allergy Aunts is below.  If you have any further queries on this please call them on our helpline 01252 542029

“Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. All children with egg allergy should receive their normal childhood immunizations, including the MMR vaccination as a routine procedure performed by their family doctor/nurse. This advice should be provided at diagnosis. Studies on large numbers of egg-allergic children show there is no increased risk of severe allergic reactions to the vaccine.  The vaccine itself should be assessed by an allergist.”

“As with other vaccines, MMR should be postponed if children are unwell. Adrenaline should be readily available at the clinical site in all cases because anaphylaxis, although rare, can occur. If previous vaccination (MMR or other) resulted in a severe allergic reaction (any breathing problems or collapse), then the child should be seen by an allergy specialist before further immunizations are given.”

For more information please read the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology guidelines for the management of egg allergy