This medication belongs to a group of medications known as vaccines. It is used in children to prevent measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox by increasing your defenses against the viruses that cause these illnesses. Vaccines do not cause the illness they are protecting against. This vaccine works by introducing very small amounts of weakened versions of the viruses. The weakened viruses stimulate the production of a person’s own antibodies (molecules designed to attack that particular virus or toxin). The cells that produce antibodies remain in the body, ready to attack any future viruses that cause infection.
Each glass vial of whitish powder contains a single dose of MMR-varicella vaccine. When reconstituted with a clear, colourless, sterile liquid, each 0.5 mL dose contains not less than 103.0 CCID50 of the Schwarz measles, not less than 104.4 CCID50 of the RIT 4385 mumps, not less than 103.0 CCID50 of the Wistar RA 27/3 rubella, and not less than 103.3 PFU OKA varicella virus strains. Nonmedicinal ingredients: amino acids for injection, lactose, mannitol, sorbitol, traces of neomycin sulphate, and water for injection.
This vaccine is intended for children from 9 months to 6 years of age, although it may on occasion be given to a child between 6 and 12 years old. This medication is given as an injection into the muscle (intramuscularly) of the upper arm or under the skin (subcutaneously), usually in a doctor’s office. When used for primary immunization, the usual immunization schedule is 2 doses given at least 4 weeks apart, and ideally 6 weeks apart.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important this medication be given exactly as recommended by your doctor. If you miss an appointment for your child to receive the MMR-varicella vaccine, contact your doctor as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.
This medication should be refrigerated and not frozen. Protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
The MMR-varicella vaccine should not be received by anyone who:
This medication is not for children older than 12 years of age, adolescents, or adults.
Although most of the side effects listed below don’t happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Allergic reactions: The measles and mumps components of this vaccine are produced in chick embryo cell culture and may contain traces of egg protein. If your child has had an allergic reaction to egg in the past, be sure to tell your child’s doctor.
Your doctor may ask you and your child to stay in the office for about 30 minutes after having the vaccine so you can receive medical care if an allergic reaction occurs. If you notice signs of a severe allergic reaction in your child (hives; trouble breathing or swallowing; or swelling of the lips, face, throat, or tongue), get medical attention immediately.
Immune system: As with any vaccine, this vaccine may not be as effective for people with a weakened immune system (such as people who are on chemotherapy, have had an organ transplant, or have HIV).
If your child has a weakened immune system for any reason, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your child’s medical condition, how your child’s medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Infection: Your child’s doctor may decide to delay this vaccine if your child has an acute infection or fever. Mild infections without fever, such as colds, usually do not require delay of the vaccine.
Medical conditions: Varicella vaccine should not be given for at least 3 months following a blood or plasma transfusion or human immunoglobulin therapy.
Seizures: There is an increased risk of seizures due to fever after receiving a vaccine for measles. Fever is a common side effect of this vaccine. Discuss appropriate treatment of fever with your doctor and make sure you know when it is necessary to get medical help for your child. Your child’s doctor may suggest that you give your child a dose of medication to prevent fever.
Vaccine protection: As with any vaccine, this vaccine may not protect all people who receive it.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used by women who are or may be pregnant. Pregnancy should be avoided for three months following vaccination.
Breast-feeding: This medication is intended for children under the age of 12 years. As such, it should not be used by women who are breast-feeding.
There may be an interaction between this medication and any of the following:
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
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