MMR vaccination

MMR vaccination is routinely given to children as part of the NHS childhood immunisation programme. It protects you from measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

These highly infectious conditions can easily spread between unvaccinated people. These conditions can lead to serious problems including meningitis, hearing loss and problems during pregnancy in adult life.


If you think you missed any of the MMR doses when you were a child, you can catch up on these. Ask your parent/ carer or check your vaccination records with your GP practice.

It’s particularly important that you are vaccinated if you go away to university or college, as you are at higher risk of measles, mumps and rubella.

Teenagers attending for their 3-in-1 teenage booster, usually offered to you at school, are generally asked about their MMR vaccination history.

If you missed any doses of MMR vaccine when you were younger, you can still be given 2 doses on the NHS which offers you the best protection.


Find out why it’s important for teenagers to be protected against mumps, measles and rubella.

Speak to your parent/carer or GP practice if you think you missed an MMR dose when you were younger. Your GP practice can also discuss any worries you have about the vaccine.