Why do I need the MMR vaccination after pregnancy?
The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella. All three diseases can be very serious, especially for people with a weakened immune system (those who can’t fight infection very well) or women who are pregnant. Catching rubella while pregnant can be very serious for your unborn baby and can cause a condition called Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS), which can lead to miscarriage and birth defects.
By vaccinating yourself against these serious diseases, you will also reduce the risk of passing infections to others, including your new baby, who will not receive their MMR vaccine until after their first birthday.
Having the MMR vaccine will protect you and your baby in any future pregnancies. You will need to have two doses for full protection against measles, mumps and rubella.
It’s never too late to have your MMR vaccine
If you haven’t been vaccinated before, you will need two doses of the MMR. Ask your practice nurse to give you the first vaccine at your ‘6 week check’ at the surgery – or before. You will need a second dose one month later.
You will need to be using a reliable form of contraception as you need to avoid becoming pregnant for one month after the vaccinations.