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Rubella (German Measles)
Rubella titers- blood test for rubella antibodies. In an adult or child, the presence of igg rubella antibodies means that the person likely has been exposed to the rubella virus in the past or been vaccinated and is protected against it if the level is high enough. In a newborn until 6 months of age rubella igg ...Read more
First description: Rubella is a viral illness that was first described by german physicians in the middle of the 18th century. It became known as german measles because of where it was first described, and because the rash it produces is similar in appearance to the rash of measles or rubeola. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
At my 21/2 year old creche there are 2 cases of confirmed German measles. I don't feel comfortable taking my daughter there, do I get worried or do I get her vaccinated again for Rubella.
Already exposed: All children in that center should be considered exposed. They should have proof of immunity, be immunized immediately or excluded from that center for 21 days after the onset of rash from the last known case. If they develop rubella they are not contagious after 7 days from rash onset. ...Read more
Immunity for rubella was less than .90 which is nonimmune. Does this mean I am also nonimmune to measles?
Different test: Measles (rubeola) immunity is checked only in special circumstances. German Measles (rubella) immunity is checked in all pregnant women as well as in special circumstances. A person who has gotten her 2 measles shots after her 12-month birthday is presumed immune to Measles, but immunity antibodies can be checked in special circumstances. ...Read more
Exanthems: Here is a link with descriptions of the 5 viral exanthems of childhood: http://childrensnational.org/choose-childrens/conditions-and-treatments/skin-disorders/viral-exanthems-rashes?sc_lang=en ...Read more
I got tested to see if I was immune to Measles mumps and rubella and results: measles and rubella reactive. Mumps non reactive. What does that mean?
Need a booster shot: That result usually means the patient is immune to measles and to rubella, but is not immune to mumps. If she had her MMR shot before, her mumps antibodies are no longer high enough to ensure protection against mumps. She can ask her doctor about getting an MMR booster shot, which would increase her antibodies to block all 3 contagious diseases. ...Read more
What could happen if you don't have the MMR jab? I know you could get the illnesses (measles, mumps and rubella) but is there anything else?
Long term issues: Measles:can cause encephalitis with brain damage in 1/1000 and death in 3/1000 cases. Mumps can cause pregnancy loss, male sterility, mild encephalitis, other problems and occasional death in adults. Rubella, while relatively mild in most, occasionally produces encephalitis in the patient.It is well known for producing miscarriage, birth defects and mental retardation in infants infected in the womb. ...Read more
Mostly: Although vaccines are safe and effective, there is an occasional peron whose immune system does not respond well to the recommended series. Thus they are not immune. If needed, blood tests can measure this. Still worth immunizing to maximize protection. ...Read more
Too broad for answer: Answers on the sight are limited to 400 characters. Each of the 3 issues you raise could easily max out the limit alone.If you are dealing with specific issues, provide the symptoms you are dealing with as background info and ask a specific question. ...Read more
How long is supposed to go by between the first and second vaccination dose for mumps, measles and rubella?
What happens if I'm vaccinated for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) can I still pass the mumps onto others?
No: Your vaccination does not set you up to pass any of the 3 illnesses to anyone else. ...Read more
Can you tell me what you suggest if im vaccinated for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) can I still pass the mumps onto others?
Not that likely: Even though you have received the MMR vaccination, it is still possible to be infected. It makes it less likely, but it is still possible. Immunity may wane over time and booster vaccinations are given to help the immune cells remember the response to fight the disease. ...Read more
No: All of these viruses are detected by individual blood tests. A separate one is needed for each. ...Read more
My rubella Igg came out positive and im 19weeks pregnant. Is this mean that i had measles in my first 3weeks of pregnancy? My igm is non reactive.
Unlikely: The IgM will eventually drop off a month or two after primary infection so absence at 19 weeks doesn't tell you much about early pregnancy. Unless you were ill with rubella during that period I would not expect it.This pair of tests are often done in pregnancy and your results is what they expect from someone who received the vaccine as a kid or had the disease before pregnancy. ...Read more
Rubella aka german measles, is an infection that primarily affects the skin and lymph nodes. It is caused by the rubella virus (not the same virus that causes measles), which is usually transmitted by droplets from the nose or throat that others breathe in. It can also pass through a pregnant woman's bloodstream to ...Read more