Generic: Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella Vaccine
ProQuad is used to prevent infection from measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chicken pox) viruses. It works by introducing a small dose of the virus into your child’s body which causes the body to make antibodies (protection) against these viruses.
It does not cure the active infection that has already developed in the body. It may not provide protection from diseases in every person.
Measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella are serious diseases caused by viruses. They are spread from person to person through the air.
It is usually given only once when the child is between 12 months to 12 years old. This vaccine is recommended for all children above 12 months of age and older. Below 12 months of age, infant is protected by his/her mother antibodies.
This vaccine is available in a powder form for solution and suspension and is given only by or under your doctor’s supervision.
2 What to Know Before Using
If you are about to start using ProQuad, speak with your doctor about what you need to know.
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any food, preservatives, dyes, or had an allergic reaction when you used this drug before.
It should not be used in children younger than 12 months of age as they are already protected by their mother antibodies. You should wait till your child is 12 months of age.
It is not recommended to be used by elder patient.
It is a category C drug. It should not be used during pregnancy as it may cause harm to an unborn baby. Do not become pregnant for 3 months after getting measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine.
There are no adequate studies which prove that measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine passes into breast milk. If you are using measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine while nursing, discuss it with your doctor for possible risk factors.
Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine may interact with other drugs. Your doctor should be informed of any other medicines which you are taking. He/she may want to change the dosage or drug. Some of them are listed below:
Other Medical Conditions
Several other conditions may reduce its effectiveness.
Make sure you inform your doctor of conditions such as:
History of immune system problems
If you have recently received a blood or plasma transfusion, or human immune serum globulin
Proper usage of ProQuad requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. It is given as an injection into your muscle or skin by your doctor or health care professional in hospital or clinic.
Your child should receive first shot of vaccine at 12 to 15 months of age. The second shot of this vaccine is given at 4 to 6 years of age. If your child misses a scheduled shot, call your child's doctor to make another appointment as soon as possible.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using ProQuad, there are some precautions you must take. Make sure you do not become pregnant for 3 months after getting this vaccine as it is known to cause birth defects.
One should use a very effective form of birth control method. The result of TB skin test is affected if you have received this vaccine within 8 weeks of this test.
Inform your doctor:
Inform your doctor if you are receiving any other live vaccine within 1 months of receiving measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine or varicella-zoster immune globulin (VZIG) or other immune globulins within 3 to 5 months after receiving it.
You should inform your doctor before receiving blood or gamma globulin transfusion within 2 weeks of receiving this vaccine.
Some cases have been reported in which children developed a fever with seizures after receiving this vaccine. Discuss it with your doctor if you have any concern regarding this.
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