Immunisation: What you need to know before you consent
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The measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) and varicella (chickenpox) vaccine helps protect you against the following diseases:
The vaccine contains a small amount of the live virus.
Some people may not be able to receive a live vaccine for medical reasons, please speak with your immunisation provider for further information.
The MMRV vaccine is a free vaccine for children at 18 months of age as part of the National Immunisation Program.
MMRV should not be given as the first measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) containing vaccine in children less than four years of age as it can increase the risk of febrile seizures.
The vaccine may also be recommended to other groups, so speak to your doctor or immunisation provider for further information.
The MMRV vaccine is given as an injection into the top of the arm.
Like any medications, the MMRV vaccine can have some minor and short lasting side effects.
Common side effects
Although rare or very rare, other side effects may include:
People with egg allergies can safely receive the MMR and MMRV vaccine (see the resource, ASCIA Guidelines — Vaccine of the egg-allergic individual).
Any unexpected event following immunisation should be reported to SA Health.
Many of the common side effects can be reduced by:
To receive the vaccine contact your doctor, local council, community health centre or Aboriginal health centre to arrange an appointment.
For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisation services page.