Is it safe to vaccinate a baby with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine before one year of age for international travel? What about children who need a second dose of MMR vaccine?

Question: 

Is it safe to vaccinate a baby with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine before one year of age for international travel? What about children who need a second dose of MMR vaccine?

Answer: 
  • Yes, it is safe to give the MMR vaccine as early as six months for babies travelling outside of Canada where measles is of concern or travelling to locations experiencing outbreaks. Babies under six months of age do not receive the MMR vaccine as we don't have vaccine safety information for this age group. 
  • Two additional doses of the MMR vaccine must be given after 12 months of age to ensure long-lasting protection against measles.
  • Children over 12 months of age with one dose of MMR vaccine may be offered a second MMR dose (on an accelerated or earlier schedule) before international travel.
  • Contact a travel clinic at least six weeks before travel for vaccination and health recommendations for you and your family. Click here for a list of travel clinics in BC.
  • The MMR vaccine is available from your local health unit and some doctors' offices. Services vary across BC. Click here to find the contact information for a health unit.
Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Apr 20, 2022