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Early MMR Vaccination

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What are your thoughts in vaccinating earlier than 1 year old for measles given the current outbreak originating in California?

Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children get their first MMR vaccine between 12 to 15 months of age. The AAP committee on infectious diseases recommends that 6 to 12 month children receive an MMR vaccine during “an outbreak”. These children who do receive an early, additional dose of MMR will still need their two regular MMR vaccines. I’ve also heard that these “additional” MMR doses are not covered by some insurance plans. At this time, I do not recommend MMR vaccination for my patients younger than 12 months unless they are traveling to high risk areas.-

 

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When can I get a second MMR shot

My daughter is 30 months old and had her first scheduled MMR at 12 months. Obviously she has not had her 2nd dose of the MMR since she can't get it (... more on When can I get a second MMR shot?)

 

 

Written February 2015 by
Gregory Gordon MD, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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