• MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
  • Scheduling Vaccines

An 18-year-old college student says he had both measles and mumps diseases as a preschooler, but never had MMR vaccine. Is rubella vaccine recommended in such a situation?

This student should receive two doses of MMR, separated by at least 28 days. A personal history of measles and mumps is not acceptable as proof of immunity. Acceptable evidence of measles and mumps immunity includes a positive serologic test for antibody, birth before 1957, or written documentation of vaccination. For rubella, only serologic evidence or documented vaccination should be accepted as proof of immunity. Additionally, people born prior to 1957 may be considered immune to rubella unless they are women who have the potential to become pregnant.

Last reviewed: June 19, 2023

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