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What are measles, mumps and rubella?

Measles, mumps and rubella are infectious diseases that are caused by three different viruses. They are spread when the viruses are passed from an infectious person to someone who is not immune to them. Rubella is also known as "German measles".

What is the MMR vaccine?

MMR is the combined vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. It contains live, weakened measles, mumps and rubella viruses.

Over 90 countries around the world use MMR vaccine.1

Two doses of the vaccine are usually recommended to be given early in life.

About this decision aid

This decision aid has been developed by a team of researchers who specialise in vaccination and communication sciences including Dr Julie Leask,1,2 Ms Catherine Wallace,1 A/Prof Lyndal Trevena,2 Dr Cath Jackson3 and Dr Swati Shouri.4
2 University of Sydney
3 University of York
4 University of Leeds
The authors have no conflicts of interest to report with respect to MMR vaccination.
The decision aid has been developed using the International Patient Decision Aid Standards

The decision aid has been evaluated in four studies:

  • Wallace C, Leask J, Trevena LJ. Effects of a web based decision aid on parental attitudes to MMR vaccination: a before and after study. British Medical Journal. 2006;332(7534):146-9.
  • Jackson C, Cheater FM, Peacock R, Leask J, Trevena L. A feasibility study of a web based MMR decision aid to support informed decision-making by UK parents. Health Education Journal. 2009;69(1):74-83.
  • Shourie S, Jackson C, Cheater FM, Bekker HL, Edlin R, Tubeuf S, et al. A cluster randomised controlled trial of a web based decision aid to support parents’ decisions about their child's MMR vaccination. Vaccine. 2013;31(50):6003-10.
  • Tubeuf S, Edlin R, Shourie S, Cheater FM, Bekker H, Jackson C. Cost effectiveness of a web-based decision aid for parents deciding about MMR vaccination: a three-arm cluster randomised controlled trial in primary care. British Journal of General Practice 2014;64(625):e493-9.

Copyright NCIRS 2009 - Last updated 27 July 2016


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