we recommend this vaccine, but we can also understand when parents are hesitant to administer this vaccine to their children. Measles, mumps, and rubella are not common in the United States, and if you believe in the potential side effect of autism (which we don’t), that is a scary threat. In our office we provide the opportunity to receive the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines separately if parents feel strongly about the issue. However, as previously mentioned, the manufacturer has stopped producing the single component vaccines as of January 2009, so that option will no longer be available.
we strongly recommend the vaccine for any travelers to countries with an increased incidence of measles, mumps, or rubella. We also strongly recommend that women receive the rubella vaccine before becoming sexually active. Finally, we recommend the mumps vaccine before adolescence because the disease is worse as a teenager or adult than as a child.