It’s natural that you might look at measures like investing in baby gates, keeping dangerous objects out of reach, and using nanny cams to monitor the activities of your children in order to keep them safe. What isn’t such an obvious idea is to make sure that their measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is up to date. In this post we’re going to look into what measles, mumps and rubella are, how you can protect your child from them, and the ways in which you would go about paying for your child’s MMR vaccine.
What are measles, mumps and rubella?
Measles is an extremely contagious disease that starts as a virus. It tends to present itself as a fever at first, and then progresses to a runny nose, cough, and red eyes. It then becomes a rash of small red spots that break out. Among other things, measles can lead to pneumonia and death, so it’s obviously very important that you get help for your child as soon as any of these symptoms develop. Mumps is a viral disease but is no longer very common in the United States. Symptoms can vary from being tired, loss of appetite, headache, muscle aches, and usually swollen salivary glands. Rubella is also a contagious viral disease also known as the German Measles. Symptoms of Rubella are a fever, sore throat, and a rash that begins from the head and travels down to the feet.
How can I protect my child?
The good thing about the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, MMR vaccine, is that it is very effective. You should note that the MMR vaccine is meant for children between the ages of twelve months and twelve years. If you’re planning on traveling abroad and your child is six months or older, it’s especially important that you get them this vaccine. Once an infant has gotten a dose of the MMR vaccine before the age of one, they should then get a second dose somewhere between twelve and fifteen months of age followed by another dose twenty-eight days later.
How can I pay for MMR vaccine?
The good news is that most of the health insurance plans out there do in fact cover the entire cost of the MMR vaccine. With that said, you’ll still want to check in with your doctor to make sure that you are covered. Even if you don’t have insurance, or perhaps if the insurance that you have doesn’t cover the MMR vaccine, there is a program in place known as the Vaccines for Children Program which may be able to help. This is a program that was created to help out families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to vaccinate their children.
As we’ve seen, it’s no longer enough to protect your children through things like nanny cams, baby gates, and other similar protective measures. It’s also important that you take into account the danger of measles, as it is a deadly, debilitating disease that has far-reaching effects on the health of children. As such, it’s important that you get the right information and understand just what is at risk should your children not be vaccinated.