MEASLES, MUMPS & RUBELLA VACCINATION
Protect yourself from Measles, Mumps & Rubella by getting your vaccination at Paddington Central Pharmacy.
A specially trained Pharmacist will administer the Measles, Mumps & Rubella vaccination. No prescription is required and appointments take only a few minutes. All that is required is that you complete a consent form (In store), and go through the pre-vaccination checklist with the Pharmacist in Charge in which you will be asked about your existing health conditions and any previous adverse reactions you may have had. Please call beforehand to make sure we have sufficient staff required to undertake your vaccination.
Please be aware you will need to remain in store for a further 15 minutes observation period.
What is Measles?
Measles is a highly infectious disease caused by the Morbillivirus. The virus is spread from person to person through droplets in the air. Symptoms take between 10 and 14 days to show after infection and include rash, fever, cough, runny nose and inflammation of the eye. Complications of measles include ear, brain and lung infections, which can lead to brain damage and death. Approximately one child in every 1,000 who contracts measles will develop inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). Immunisation rates of up to 95% are required for the sustained control of vaccine preventable diseases, such as measles.
What is Rubella (German Measles)?
Rubella is a viral infection and is sometimes called German measles, although it is not related to measles itself. Most people with rubella experience a mild illness involving fever and rash. It is important as rubella illness during pregnancy may significantly affect the developing foetus. Up to 20% of pregnant women with rubella infection will miscarry. If miscarriage does not occur, there is a risk of the infant being born with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). Abnormalities from CRS occur in up to 90% of infants born to women who are infected with rubella during the first trimester of pregnancy, but defects are rare in women infected after the 20th week of pregnancy. The most common defects in CRS include deafness, cataracts and other vision problems, inflammation of the brain, heart defects, liver disease, bone disease and growth retardation.
What is the Mumps ?
One third of people with mumps have no symptoms. When present, symptoms can include swelling of one or more of the salivary glands, high fever, loss of appetite, tiredness and headache. Salivary gland swelling, if present, progresses to a maximum size over a period of two to three days. The salivary glands return to normal size within a week. In males, tenderness of the testicles may occur, while females may have some lower abdominal pain. Occasionally serious complications can occur, including inflammation of the brain, spinal cord and pancreas, hearing loss and sterility.
*Some patients may be eligible for a free vaccine from your General Practitioner - please speak to your pharmacist or GP to see if you are eligible. Pharmacist Vaccinations available for patients ages 18 or over. Some people may not be eligible for the Measles, Mumps & Rubella vaccine, and will be referred to their doctor. The vaccine is not suitable for women who are pregnant or planning to fall pregnant soon - please speak to your GP for more advice.This service involves a fee.