Measles, Mumps and Rubella

Measles, mumps, and rubella are viral diseases that can have serious consequences.

Measles is one of the most contagious diseases there is. If 1 person has it, 9 out of 10 people close to that person who aren’t immune (protected) will also get measles. And it can be dangerous — serious cases of measles can lead to brain damage and even death.

Measles spreads through the air — like when someone who has it coughs or sneezes. The virus can live for up to 2 hours in the air.

Mumps is a contagious disease — it spreads easily from person to person. And it can lead to serious complications, like hearing loss, swelling of the brain and/or spinal cord covering (encephalitis or meningitis), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and, very rarely, death.

Rubella (German Measles) is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It can lead to serious complications, especially for unborn babies. If a pregnant woman gets rubella, she can lose her baby. Babies born to mothers who had rubella can have birth defects that last a lifetime.

Rubella is still common in other countries. People can get the disease when they travel — and spread it to people who aren’t vaccinated when they come home.

There are 2 vaccines that can prevent measles, mumps and rubella:

  • The MMR vaccine protects children and adults
  • The MMRV vaccine protects children from measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox.


alertA Note from Northwest Pharmacy

Prior to vaccines being administered, we require you to complete our Vaccination Consent Form. You can fill this form out at the pharmacy or, to save time, you can print the form, fill it out at home and bring it in with you.

If you choose to download and sign our Vaccination Consent Form – you agree to review the current Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for the intended vaccine and understand the benefits/risk of intended vaccine before signing. Our pharmacists will gladly answer any questions you have when you come in for your vaccination.

View Current VISs for vaccines offered by Northwest Pharmacy HERE

Get our Vaccination Consent Form HERE  (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this form. The program is free and can be downloaded at