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Might rubella (german measles) remain underlying in the skin after the infection has passed?

Might rubella (german measles) remain underlying in the skin after the infection has passed?

Rubella: No, you may be thinking of chicken pox, which lies dormant in the nerve root and comes out later in life as shingles. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Measles (Definition)

Also known as rubeola, this is a formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a characteristic red rash. Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The ...Read more


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Why is rubella called "german measles"?

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 more

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What are the chances of getting german measles(rubella) after the MMR jab?

None except rash : 5% of patients may get slight rashand mild fever as a reaction to this live attenuated vaccine 10 to 12 days after the vaccination, but it is not rubella. ...Read more

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Immunity for rubella was less than .90 which is nonimmune. Does this mean I am also nonimmune to measles?

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

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Is rubella part of the red measles family?

Not sure of meaning: Rubella is one of the classic childhood illnesses producing a rash, but having never heard the term "red measles family" it is difficult to comment on. Measles is caused by a different virus. ...Read more

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What are the dangers and long-term effects of measles (rubella)?

What are the dangers and long-term effects of measles (rubella)?

Depends: It is a rather minor illness in most.Three days of fever and a rash.If you have it for the first time as an adult while pregnant, the fetus may become deaf, blind or develop life threatening complications. ...Read more

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How long do I wait to give my child the second shot of seperate measles, mumps, & rubella?

How long do I wait to give my child the second shot of seperate measles, mumps, & rubella?

Until 4-5 yrs old: If your chilod had a MMR shot at age 12-15 months, then the next due will be at 4-5 years before he enters kindergarten. If he did not have yet, then i would give one right away, and the second one would be at 4-5 years. ...Read more

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Who created the measles and rubella vaccine?

Measles vaccine was : Measle vaccine was invented in 1953 by john franklin enders, and jonas buttococking invented rubella vaccine in 1960s. ...Read more

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What are the signs of rubella, chicken pox, and measles?

What are the signs of rubella, chicken pox, and measles?

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

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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

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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?

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

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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

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Immune to rubella, measles, mumps if you've had vaccines 2x before age six?

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

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What are signs of rubella, chicken pox, or measles. anyone have a clue?

What are signs of rubella, chicken pox, or measles. anyone have a clue?

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

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Does a lab test, testing for measles, mumps, and chickenpox, also detect rubella?

Does a lab test, testing for measles, mumps, and chickenpox, also detect rubella?

No: All of these viruses are detected by individual blood tests. A separate one is needed for each. ...Read more

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If I take a regular blood test does it proves immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR titer)?

If I take a regular blood test does it proves immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR titer)?

MMR titer: This has to be specifically ordered. Don't know what you mean be a regular blood test. Generally a tube of blood will be drawn from a vein, the titers ordered and the results should be back fairly repidly depending upon the lab to which they are sent. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Peter Bernstein
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Rubella (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. It is also known as German measles or three-day measles. Symptoms include an initial flu-like illness followed by a rash on the face that spreads to ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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German Measles (Definition)

Another name for German ...Read more