Finding the Right Vaccination Mix

Finding the Right Vaccination Mix

About 120 years ago in Asbury Park, New Jersey, 3 in One Household Oil hit hardware store shelves. Since then it’s been used to restore the health of everything from rusty bicycle chains to squeaky door hinges.

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And 26 years ago, another 3-in-1 household health-restorer became available: The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine has spared parents and kids terrible misery, while saving countless lives. All three vaccines were developed (separately) in the 1960s and were bundled in 1988. Before the vaccine there were over 200,000 cases of mumps in North America annually. In 1962, 3,000-plus people died from measles. But the vaccines virtually eradicated these highly communicable diseases—until now.

British Columbia, reported 350 cases of measles from January through March of 2014. In Columbus, Ohio, 116 cases of mumps were reported during the same period. This is alarming because it reflects the growing number of un- or under-vaccinated people in North America and how global travel exposes the unprotected to infection from places where the diseases are still rampant. While no vaccine is absolutely safe, the benefits outweigh the risk by over 10,000 to 1. For YOU: Raising Your Child, we interviewed over 100 experts on all sides of the issue and reviewed the literature in detail.

Children’s first MMR vaccine is at 12-18 months; the second at ages 4-6. Unvaccinated adults up to age 55 can also get one. Getting a childhood disease as an adult doesn’t make you younger and you don’t want to roll back the clock on your children’s health.

Related: The Differences Between Vaccination and Immunization

Medically reviewed in August 2019.

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