Measles is a very infectious viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes. Mumps is a viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes or close contact with someone who already has the infection, both illnesses can also have potentially fatal complications. Rubella is a viral illness, now rare in the UK, and is spread in a similar way to mumps and measles. For most people, it is usually a mild condition, however, if pregnant women develop rubella it can be very serious for their unborn baby.
The MMR vaccine is safe and effective and protects against all three separate illnesses in a single injection. To ensure you are fully protected you require two doses of the vaccine; it is likely that you would have received the two doses as an infant but it is advisable to check with your GP before arriving at University.
If you have not had two doses of MMR you should make sure you receive them as soon as possible.