Who shouldn't get the MMR vaccine?
While the MMR vaccine is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended childhood vaccinations, children who fall into the following categories should not receive it:
- People who've had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the MMR vaccine.
- People who are allergic to gelatin (the stuff in Jell-O) or the antibiotic neomycin.
- Pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant within one month of getting the vaccine.
- People with a suppressed immune system (or who are taking medications that may affect the immune system, like steroids for asthma, for example), cancer, or who recently received a blood transfusion.
Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about whether or not the MMR vaccine is safe for you or your child.