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.
The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) 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