The Priorix Vaccine for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

What are Measles, Mumps and Rubella?

Measles is an acute, highly contagious, viral infection caused by the measles virus. Symptoms can include a fever, runny nose, cough, and a red, blotchy rash that spreads over the body. Complications from measles can include ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death.

Mumps is a contagious virus that is spread through saliva and mucus. It usually causes fever, headache, and swollen glands (especially near the ears and cheeks). It is possible to get mumps more than once, but most people only get it once in their lifetime. It is usually seen in young children, but can affect people of any age.

Rubella is a contagious virus that can cause a mild fever and a rash on the skin. It is also known as German measles because the rash looks similar to other types of measles. Rubella is most common in children and usually not as severe as other types of measles. If a pregnant woman gets rubella, it can cause birth defects in her baby.


Who is eligible for a funded vaccination?

As per the Ministry of Health website:

If you’re not sure [whether or not you have been vaccinated], play it safe and get a vaccine. It’s recommended you receive a dose, which will then be recorded against your health record. There are no safety concerns with having an extra dose, even if there is a chance you’ve already had two doses of the vaccine.


Are there any possible side effects?

Every medication can have side effects, vaccinations are no different. Most side effects from vaccinations will settle within a few days and can be managed by resting and drinking plenty of fluids. If you are concerned about a reaction you might be having to your vaccination phone us on 03 477 9793 or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Other mild reactions that can happen (usually within one or two days of being immunised) include: 

  • Measles component: Fever and/or mild rash 6–12 days after immunisation
  • Mumps component: Fever and/or mild swelling under the jaw 10—14 days after immunisation
  • Rubella component: Fever, mild rash and/or swollen glands 2—4 weeks after immunisation
  • Temporary joint pain 2—4 weeks after immunisation is more common in adult women than children


More information including how to book:

Our qualified Vaccinating Pharmacists administer a number of funded and non-funded vaccinations.


Information for after your MMR vaccination

After your vaccination