Some families have concerns around the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and the diagnosis of autism. At MVEC we encourage parents to find the best available evidence to help them make a decision around vaccinating their child. The MMR live-attenuated vaccine is recommended on the National Immunisation Program at 12-months of age and combined with the varicella vaccine (MMRV) at 18-months of age.

A great resource for addressing MMR concerns is a decision aid developed by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) in Sydney. It is targeted at:

  • Parents or caregivers of a child approaching their due date for MMR vaccination.
  • Anyone who would like more information about MMR vaccination

Note: this guide provides general information only, and is not intended as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals. For specific queries talk with your local doctor or immunisation provider, or contact us at [email protected] or Telephone: 1300 882 924


Authors: Nigel Crawford (Director, SAEFVIC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) and Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Reviewed by: Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Date: July 2020

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family’s personal health. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult a healthcare professional.