The mumps vaccine is combined with the measles and rubella (German measles) vaccine, so a person can receive protection from three diseases with one shot. Mumps vaccine effectiveness has been estimated at 62% to 91% for one dose and 76% to 95% for two doses.
The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and the measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine is provided for free as part of routine immunizations in British Columbia.
The MMR vaccine is given to children as a series of two doses at ages:
- 12 months
- 4-6 years of age
The vaccine is given at the same time as other childhood immunizations.
The vaccine is also provided for free to:
- Women of child-bearing age who are not immune to rubella
- Older chidlren and adults born after 1956 who have not been immunized