Information You Need: Children’s MMR Vaccine and COVID-19

It is now more important than ever to receive your regular vaccines! 

Research is demonstrating that existing vaccines may help in reducing complications or severe symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus. We have previously discussed the importance of getting flu shots during a pandemic – for more information regarding flu shots, visit this link. However, scientific evidence also suggests that the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine may reduce the risk of inflammation caused by COVID-19 and it is possible that the vaccine leads to an increased immune response in children. It is still uncertain how long this possible increased protection would last for COVID. However, measles, mumps and rubella immunity from the MMR vaccine lasts decades (maybe even your lifetime!) after the shot series is completed in childhood.

The theory behind this lies in the type of vaccine. Live attenuated vaccines, such as the MMR vaccine, are weakened versions of the actual virus. This category of vaccine has been shown to provide protection against not only the specific virus that the vaccine is targeted (e.g., Measles, Mumps, and Rubella), but also potentially other viruses as well. You can think of this type of vaccine as a workout for your immune response that is training your immune system to defend against a variety of other pathogens that it may encounter in the future. If you have children, be sure that they receive their scheduled vaccines, including the MMR vaccine!

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