2 doses of the MMR vaccine provide the best protection against measles, mumps and rubella.

Speak to your GP surgery if:

  • You think you or your child has missed any vaccinations
  • You need to change a vaccination appointment.
  • At any age, you’re not sure if you or your child has had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.

Your GP surgery can book or rearrange an appointment. It’s best to have vaccines on time, but you can still catch up on most vaccines if you miss them.

Young children have the 1st dose when they’re 1 year old and the second when they’re between 3 years 4 months and 5 years old.

If you have the vaccine when you’re older, you’ll have 2 doses at least 1 month apart.

What are “routine” childhood vaccinations?

Different vaccinations are given at different ages to protect your child from life-threatening infections. Childhood vaccinations prevent 2-3 million deaths worldwide every year. Vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella is free on the NHS as part of the National Vaccination Programme.

Search ‘NHS vaccines and when to have them’ or visit to check which ones apply to your child.

Is the MMR linked with autism?

No. There is no link between the MMR and autism. MMR does not cause or increase the risk of your child developing autism. This has been shown in studies of hundreds of thousands of children.

Our Community Innovation Team have created a collection of MMR resources which can be found here.

See video below for MMR FAQ’s.