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We chose to give our son the single MMR jabs.

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Due to a range of health concerns as a baby we chose to give our son the single MMR jabs.

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Some parents fail to understand how important it is to protect their children by immunising them. As well as being a miserable disease to have, mumps can cause serious complications, including inflammation of the testicles in about 1 in 4 men who catch it after puberty. This in turn can lead to problems with fertility. Deafness, inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) and meningitis are also well-recognised complications. A single dose of MMR provides at least 90% protection against measles and rubella, but only 60-90% protection against mumps, a second dose is absolutely necessary to be sure your son is protected. Make an appointment with your practice nurse to discuss getting a combined booster.

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