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Rash from MMR vaccine: Could my child have measles?

Many children will come down with a rash after getting the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The rash is not measles, but merely a reaction to the injection.

It’s estimated that this rash happens to 5 percent of all children who are immunised. The rash can occur anywhere from three days to 28 days after the injection. It does not require treatment and is normally a mild rash.

Usually, the rash will start off as red spots on the child’s neck and chest. Occasionally, a child will get the rash in other places. The spots can be raised or flat and there may be a slight fever with the rash.

If your child gets the MMR vaccine and develops a rash after three days, it is more than likely a reaction to the vaccine; however, if your child gets a rash immediately after having the vaccine, it could be an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction can be dangerous, so you will want to get medical attention right away.

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