Is The MMR Vaccine Necessary If A Child Aged 4.5 Years Has Been Mumps?

My daughter is 4.5 years old … the MMR vaccine has never been available because it is no longer available in Indonesia … Now I hear that the MMR vaccine is available in one hospital. Do I still need my child to get MMR vaccine if he has been mumped when he is around 3 years old? thanks.

1 Answer:

Hello Yuli, Thank you for the question.

Mumps / mumps is an infection of the parotid gland (saliva-producing glands) by a virus. Patients who experience mumps will experience symptoms of enlargement on one side of the face, fever, pain when chewing / swallowing, dry mouth, headaches, loss of appetite, fatigue. This disease is easily transmitted from one person to another through splashes of coughing or sneezing from sufferers.

To prevent this infection, children are advised to undergo MMR vaccination when the child is 1 year old and repeated when the child is 5 years old. If your child has never received an MMR vaccine and has experienced mumps, then the immunity produced by this mump infection will usually last a lifetime. Thus, vaccination is not needed. However, make sure your child has received the MR vaccine (measles, rubella), because the MMR vaccine not only prevents mumps but also measles (measles) and rubella. Please consult further with your child's specialist. Teach your child to always maintain hand hygiene to prevent various infections.

Hopefully this information is useful.

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