Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

What are Measles, Mumps, and Rubella?


Measles is a virus that can lead to ear infection, pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death. Measles is spread from person to person through airborne droplets and is very contagious.


Mumps is a virus that can lead to deafness, meningitis, painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and death. Mumps is spread from person to person through airborne droplets.


Rubella is a virus that is very dangerous to the developing baby in pregnant women. If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby may be born with serious birth defects. Rubella is spread from person to person through airborne droplets.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine (MMR)

The MMR vaccine provides immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Some adults may need to get the MMR vaccine. Generally, anyone 18 years of age or older, who was born after 1956, should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine, unless they can prove that they have had either the vaccine or the diseases. MMR may be given at the same time as other vaccines.

CWRU Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the MMR Vaccine series (2 MMR Vaccines)
  • 1 MMR Vaccine with the second dose after age 5, or upon entrance to college
  • Proof that you have had the MMR vaccine OR documentation by a health professional of having had any of the diseases(a blood test can be performed to determine if you have had measles, mumps, or rubella)

Who Should NOT get the MMR Vaccine?

  • Those who have ever had a life threatening reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or a previous dose of the MMR vaccine
  • People who are moderately or severely ill at the time the shot is scheduled
  • Pregnant women (women should not get pregnant for 3 months after receiving the vaccine)

Check with Your Doctor Before Getting the Vaccine If You:

  • Have HIV/AIDS, or another disease affecting the immune system
  • Are being treated with drugs that affect the immune system, such as steroids, for 2 weeks or longer
  • Have any kind of cancer
  • Are receiving cancer treatment with x-rays or drugs
  • Have ever had a low platelet count
  • Have recently had a transfusion or were given other blood products

Where Can I Get the Vaccine?

UHCS offers the MMR vaccine. Pricing can be found on the price list page.