Reports of sensorineural deafness after measles, mumps, and rubella immunisation

Arch Dis Child. 1993 Jul;69(1):153-4. doi: 10.1136/adc.69.1.153.


There have been nine reports of sensorineural hearing loss after measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunisation. In three cases the deafness was unrelated to MMR immunisation. In six cases the cause was unknown and MMR remained a possible aetiology. Any risk associated with attenuated viruses must be weighed against the risks of the natural diseases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Drug Combinations
  • Female
  • Hearing Loss / etiology
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Measles Vaccine / adverse effects*
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
  • Mumps Vaccine / adverse effects*
  • Rubella Vaccine / adverse effects*


  • Drug Combinations
  • Measles Vaccine
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
  • Mumps Vaccine
  • Rubella Vaccine