Alternative title: Autism

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 schedule 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 or Telephone: 1300 882 924


The NCIRS MMR decision aid is available online.


Reviewed by: Nigel Crawford (Paediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne) Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse)
Date: February 2018
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.

Melbourne University

Welcome to MVEC

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) is a new web-based initiative, providing up-to-date immunisation information for healthcare professionals, parents and the public.

It is a collaboration between The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and its Melbourne Children’s campus partners (Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne) and Monash Health.

MVEC aims to address common queries around vaccines and to promote the benefits of immunisation for both children and adults.