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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Is rubella vaccine completely safe for mom when breastfeeding newborn?

Is rubella vaccine completely safe for mom when breastfeeding newborn?

Yes: "The use of rubella virus vaccine in breastfeeding mothers has not been associated with adverse outcome." See: Medications and mothers Milk, Hale,T,15th ed,2012 ...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 the trunk and limbs. An ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What causes rubella?

What causes rubella?

Single viral strain: Rubella is caused by a virus with only 1 known strain & humans as the only known source. Infection is passed by contact with infected fluid on surfaces or in the air from a sneeze or cough. Immunization has reduced the case numbers when used, but is not 100% efective after 1 dose. Ease of international travel & transmission during incubation results in clusters of new cases every year. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What happens if you had rubella what would you have caught?

What happens if you had rubella what would you have caught?

Confusing question: If you had rubella, you caught the German Measles, ie rubella. It is much milder than the regular measles but much more distructive to a developing fetus in the womb. ...Read more

Dr. Simon Tsiouris Dr. Tsiouris
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
19 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Is fever typical with rubella?

Is fever typical with rubella?

Yes: Fever is common in rubella, especially in children. It is usually mild and lasts only a couple of days. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Bowers Dr. Bowers
Internal Medicine
29 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Where do I go to get a rubella titer done?

Any full service lab: Rubella titers can be obtained from any full service lab in either a clinic, hospital, or sent by your primary care doctor to whatever service they use. Simple blood test. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Do I need to get re vaccinated for rubella?

Do I need to get re vaccinated for rubella?

Hard to predict: The only reason to do it again would be if you were considering another pregnancy.The earlier vaccine may not produce a high enough antibody titer for them to consider you protected, but you might be anyway.Rubella is a relatively minor illness to children & adults.However it but can trigger abortion,deafness, blindness & organ failure in a fetus.Your risk of exposure to wild rubella is minimal. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What does the rubella ab IgG test tell you?

Past disease: A positive igg study will show that a female has a protective level of rubella antibody created by a past infection or immunization. Present or future pregnancies would not be at risk of rubella disease. ...Read more

Dr. Carlos Jesurun Dr. Jesurun
Pediatrics - Neonatology
44 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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Rubella titer test positive what's that mean ?

Rubella titer test positive what's that mean ?

You are immune: Once a person is immunized or had the disease, the titer (test) stays positive for life. You might be able to determine how soon before the test was done, depending upon the type of antibody test that was done. Igm usually is the marker for a recent infection. If you have a + test and had no recent symptoms (rash, fever) then i would be happy you are immune! ...Read more

Dr. Deborah Ungerleider Dr. Ungerleider
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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What if rubella is negative for unmarried girl?

You should be: vaccinated for Rubella if you are not immune. It doesn't matter if you're married or not. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What does it mean if rubella titer is positive?

What does it mean if rubella titer is positive?

You R protected: A positive rubella titer means your body has developed a protective level of antibodies to the rubella virus. You either had rubella or had an immunization.To a woman it means you will not need to worry during pregnancy that your fetus will suffer the devastating effects of rubella. That virus can cause miscarriage, organ damage, blindness & deafness if it strikes during pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Kelly Kane Dr. Kane
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What is the risk of rubella positive when pregnant?

Congenital rubella: Usually if you have a positive titer(test) for your screening it means you are immune to rubella. This is good. It means that you had an MMR vaccine and you made protection against it. Babies born with congenital rubella can have a bumpy purple rash and seizures especially. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Daus Dr. Daus
Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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I have rubella , please help. I think I am pregnant?

I have rubella , please help. I think I am pregnant?

Rubella: Get to your OB so they can check your blood antibodies and see if you need to be concerned. It is a simple blood test. In the mean time, take tylenol (acetaminophen) if you have a fever, rest and get plenty of fluids. Most people in the usa have been vaccinated to this virus and have immunity or partial immunity. Let me know what happens and my prayers go out to you. I hope i was helpful! ...Read more

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider Dr. Ungerleider
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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What is congenital rubella syndrome? What causes it?

Congenital Rubella: Syndrome occurs when a woman contracts Rubella (German measles) during pregnancy and it is passed on to the fetus, leading to certain eye, heart, hearing or neurologic abnormalities after birth and lung, growth, bone, liver, skin and blood abnormalities in utero. It is important that any woman of child bearing age make sure they are immune and if not, get vaccinated to prevent this syndrome. ...Read more

Dr. Mary Efremov Dr. Efremov
Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
Free University of Berlin Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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My test for rubella came back nonreactive. Whats that?

No immunity: A negative test for rubella immunity indicates your body has never developed protective antibodies to rubella. You either never had it , were not immunized, or the test does not find a protective level of antibodies in your blood. If you are female, it means you could pass rubella to your fetus if u are exposed to the illness during pregnancy & get the disease. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Do I need to get re-vaccinated for rubella as an adult?

Do I need to get re-vaccinated for rubella as an adult?

Male or female: Rubella is a minor illness to most except when it comes to a pregnant mom who has it during that pregnancy. Rubella can cause major fetal injury & birth defects, so ob's routinely screen women in their childbearing years so repeat rubella can be given if her titers are low. I've never heard of it being offered to adult males. ...Read more

Dr. Ecaterina Sartina Dr. Sartina
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: rubella titer?

What is the definition or description of: rubella titer?

Rubella antibodies: 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 antibody are maternal origin. ...Read more

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Dr. Danae Steele Dr. Steele
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
27 years in practice
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I have rubella IgG level 1.2, does that mean I have rubella ?

No: Rubella igg is the antibody that is formed when you have been exposed to rubella in the past. So this means that you have either had the infection, or been immunized against rubella in the past, and you are now immune to ever getting it again. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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German Measles (Definition)

Another name for German ...Read more