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Doctor insights on: Rubella Shot Before Pregnancy

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is the td/tdap vaccine safe during pregnancy? I am 32 weeks pregnant.

Is the td/tdap vaccine safe during pregnancy? I am 32 weeks pregnant.

Yes it is: Pertussis vaccine is now given as tdap vaccine in late second trimester or third trimester. It gives protection to the mother as well as limited protection to the baby. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman receive tdap vaccine?

Category C: The tdap is considered a category c drug during pregnancy. This basically means there is no specific evidence of fetal harm if taken. Some practitioners wait until the second trimester to give it out of extra caution, but it is truly a good investment in your babies health. It adds a bit of pertussis protection to the antibodies you give baby & helps until they can get their first one at 2m. ...Read more

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My wife's Rubella IgG result is Positive. But she didn't vaccine rubella before (100% confirm). How can this happen? Currently she's 14 Week pregnant

My wife's Rubella IgG result is Positive. But she didn't vaccine rubella before (100% confirm). How can this happen? Currently she's 14 Week pregnant

Most likely, good : news showing her immunity to Rubella. IgG antibodies increase during an active Rubella infection, but not right at its beginning, then remain elevated. If she had symptoms of a viral illness with fever & a rash around the time of conception or during pregnancy, her doctor can order a Rubella IgM titer to make sure that her infection was not recent enough to pose a risk to her fetus. ...Read more

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Hep b vaccine series, final shot effective after 6+ months of first shot. True?

Hep b vaccine series, final shot effective after 6+ months of first shot. True?

Yes but...: Only in young infants. Forolder chiildren and adolescents, doses may be given in a schedule of 0, 1, and 6months; of 0, 1, and 4 months; or of 0, 2, and 4 months. ...Read more

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If you had tdap vaccine a month ( January) prior to pregnancy (February)... Do you have to retake the vaccine or booster when pregnant?

If you had tdap vaccine a month ( January) prior to pregnancy (February)... Do you have to retake the vaccine or booster when pregnant?

Yes you do: Irrespective of when you had tdap in the past.It is recommemded that all pregnant women be given tdap between 27 to 36 weeks of gestation to be able to pass paasive immunity to New Born ...Read more

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

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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Rhogam or micrhogam (rho immune globulin) shot expired in 2009, pregnant again, what to do?

Rhogam or micrhogam (rho immune globulin) shot expired in 2009, pregnant again, what to do?

C ur OB: Need to start prenatal care, go to your Obstetrician or or to the health clinic, if you're Rh negative, you will need to have a new shot at 28 weeks and at time of labor, also in case you miscarry, God forbids. Do yourself and your unborn child a favor and start prenatal care early, wish you a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby ...Read more

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Is Adacel Tdap vaccination safe to take during 35th week of pregnancy?

Is Adacel Tdap vaccination safe to take during 35th week of pregnancy?

Yes: This vaccine contains material that is safe to use during pregnancy. The primary vaccines we avoid during pregnancy are those with living but weakened germs, like the nasal flu or the MMR and varicella. ...Read more

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After 2 one month later received post exposure anti rabies vaccine schedule? then again exposure? how many days later take again vaccine reexposure?

After 2 one month later  received post exposure anti rabies vaccine schedule? then again exposure? how many days later take again vaccine reexposure?

Likely: The protective benefit of the rabies vaccine is expected to last for at least 2 years from the time you complete the series. If your exposure is within that time frame you are likely protected. Be aware that there are several other potential germs that can cause an infection from a bite, and close monitoring is advised. ...Read more

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When to get pregnant after finishing last shot of anti cervical cancer vaccine?

When to get pregnant after finishing last shot of anti cervical cancer vaccine?

Any time: The HPV vaccine is not at all risky in regard to conception and pregnancy. You don't need to delay at all. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pregnant exposed to HepB 1week before birth, baby gets HBv vaccine before 12hrs but no immunoglobulin, can it be protective for HepB? At what level?

Pregnant exposed to HepB 1week before birth, baby gets HBv vaccine before 12hrs but no immunoglobulin, can it be protective for HepB? At what level?

Yes it can. Unknown.: Life is not exact, and that's the way it is. First, hope Mom is immune (by vaccine or prior disease). Did Mom get a HepB gammaglobulin shot? Second, hope not enough viruses were transmitted to Mom in the exposure. Third, hope that 1 week was not enough time for viral count in Mom to get high enough to be contagious to Baby. Fourth, hope that Baby's vaccine prevents an infection (it should work). ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant 3 days before your next Depo-Provera shot if you only had one shot before ?

Can you get pregnant 3 days before your next Depo-Provera shot if you only had one shot before ?

See below: If your second shot was given on time no more than 13 weeks after the first one pregnancy chances are very low. If you are late for your shot there is a possibility. ...Read more

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Can you get two rhogams during pregnancy?

Can you get two rhogams during pregnancy?

Sure, if needed.: Several not uncommon scenarios would merit Rhogam administration at least twice in the same pregnancy: e.g. After amniocentesis and at 28 weeks/postpartum, after fall/trauma and at 28 weeks/postpartum. ...Read more

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Isn't there a waiting period after receiving the MMR vaccine before you can get a PPD skin test?

Isn't there a waiting period after receiving the MMR vaccine before you can get a PPD skin test?

4-6 weeks: Typically there should be 4-6 weeks from the time MMR is given until the PPD should be given. If the PPD is given too soon after the MMR it can cause an inaccurate PPD test result. ...Read more

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Will getting the rhogam shot help with the next pregnancy if I've previously had two miscarriages?

Will getting the rhogam shot help with the next pregnancy if I've previously had two miscarriages?

Rhogam: if you are Rh Negative, then rhogam is indicated by 2nd trimester to decrease the risk of inducing red blood cells break down (hemolysis) in the fetus. Close follow up with maternal fetal medicine (high risk pregnancy) specialist will be needed. ...Read more

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Positive pregnancy test the day after intercourse then hCG levels were 600ml/iu 2 days later? Pregnancy this soon?

Positive pregnancy test the day after intercourse then hCG levels were 600ml/iu 2 days later? Pregnancy this soon?

Yes: Although the pregnancy is more likely due to a different episode of intercourse than the one the day before taking the test. Alternatively, considerably much less likely, you could have another source of HCG produced in response to another (non-pregnancy) medical condition. ...Read more

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Is getting MMR shot 1 month and 13 days before pregnancy safe to baby? Actually i got rubella vaccine when i was child am i immune to this MMR ?

Yes: Many ob's will do a rubella antibody test to see if your childhood vaccine has actually kept you immune. Years ago when only one was given, as many as 5-10% may not have been fully protected. The issue is so important a repeat is considered proper if your levels are low. The shot does its thing in the first 2wks after its given so 6 weeks out you have no reason to worry about it. ...Read more

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Blighted ovum 5 weeks tuesday took misoprostol and rubella shot. When to try pregnancy again. 3 yrs b4 miscarriage d&c 5 weeks preg. Really want baby.

Blighted ovum 5 weeks tuesday took misoprostol and rubella shot. When to try pregnancy again. 3 yrs b4 miscarriage d&c 5 weeks preg. Really want baby.

No sooner than 6-8wk: General recommendation is after rubella vaccine you should wait at minimal 4 weeks. After a miscarriage, general recommendation is after you have had one menstrual cycle. Waiting 6-8 weeks is a safe margin to start trying again. You should followup closely with your ob/gyn doctor for pregnancy planning. They can make some helpful recommendation for successful pregnancy. ...Read more

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How could rubella be passed to a baby during pregnancy?

How could rubella be passed to a baby during pregnancy?

Mother has it: Rubella can only reach a baby in the womb if it travels there through mothers blood. If the mom was immunized or had it as a kid, she will never have rubella enter her blood. If she did not, she could be exposed to anyone with it and get the disease. During mothers illness, which is usually mild, the germ enters baby and cause permanent damage. ...Read more

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Anybody know the death rate for rubella in pregnancy?

Hard to know: Rubella during pregnancy is known to cause miscarriage, or fetal deaths but the numbers are hard to come by.It can be a mild flu like illness in mom that triggers an early miscarriage & is never recognized.Birth defects in baby approach 85% for infection in the first 12 wks, dropping to ~50% from 12-16 wks. The earlier the infection the worse the general outcome.Sad but preventable by vaccines. ...Read more

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How deadly is rubella IgM virus for a 26 weeks pregnancy?

Confusing question: There is no Rubella IGM Virus that I know of.There is a common screening test for IGM antibody created after a rubella infection. If you have high IGM levels indicating a recent rubella infection, it is worrisome.Rubella during pregnancy can lead to injury to the eyes, ears and other organs.Babies can be born deaf, blind and with other defects. ...Read more

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Can rubella IgM be positive in early pregnancy?

Should not: IgM (immunoglobulin M) is a class of antibodies that are produced in the early phase of an acute infection. Later antibodies of the IgG class are formed. Past infection or vaccination leads to positive IgG antiboies. If IgM antibodies are positive, the test should be first repeated to ensure it is not false positive. If it is truly positive it suggests acute infection with Rubella. ...Read more

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Could rubella IgM be positive in early pregnancy?

Only if Infected: Rubella IgM indicates recent infection. Rubella IgG indicates old infection. If your IgM is elvated you need to discuss this with your OB/GYN ASAP. ...Read more

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My rubella is neg in first pregnancy what does it means?

Immunity or not?: Your Rubella test should have given you a value to indicate immunity or not. If there is "no immunity" your OB will tell you that you have risk to your unborn child of malformations when exposed to Rubella. (German measles). ...Read more

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Hello dr. I had an abortion of 5 weeks pregnancy because there was no growth.Rubella test after abortion showed as positive.Can i plan for next baby?

?question confusing?: A positive rubella test could show a recent or long past infection. If recent, it might have been the issue with no growth, if long past, something else was likely the cause.If yours is now + you won't need to worry about rubella for future pregnancies. As long as your system has recovered from the procedure, i see no reason not to try. ...Read more

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Can rubella in early pregnancy cause baby to have spina bifida ?

Unlikely : The neural tube defects are considered a random event and are present by ~ 28 days into the pregnancy. Rubella that occurs this early in pregnancy would more likely cause fetal loss, although a heart and eye defects would also be possible. ...Read more

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How long to wait after taking rubella vaccination to plan pregnancy?

How long to wait after taking rubella vaccination to plan pregnancy?

At least a month: If your rubella titer is non immune, you should receive a rubella vaccine at least 1 month before you become pregnant. Receiving it too close to your pregnancy may affect your unborn child. There are good guidelines on the CDC website to guide you along. Congratulations for thinking about the safety of your unborn child. ...Read more

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What should be the result of rubella IgG test during 9 weeks pregnancy?

Depends: The rubella blood test is checking to see if you are immune to the rubella virus. Rubella, also known as german measles, can cause problems for the baby if the mom gets it while pregnant. If igg is positive then she is immune and she doesn't need to worry about german measles. If negative she needs to avoid sick people with rash, and get immunized after delivery. ...Read more

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Hi sir, I have rubella IgG -2.7 and rubella igm-0.36, I have problem for pregnancy time?

No: That titer is consistent with old infection, not active infection. There is no issue. ...Read more

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In 14th week of pregnancy rubella IgG antibodies is 52.10 . Is normal or needs some attention? My baby is affected or not?

In 14th week of pregnancy rubella IgG antibodies is 52.10 . Is normal or needs some attention? My baby is affected or not?

Rubella IGG: This is good news. It means that you had rubella, aka german measles, in the past and are now immune to it and so cannot fall sick with it during your pregnancy. This is important since getting rubella while pregnant is dangerous for the growing baby. Best wishes for a very healthy baby. ...Read more

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Hi i'm not pregnant.But i want to have a baby. Clinical test shows that my rubella lgg = 70.8 and rubella lgm=2.66. Can i go for pregnancy?

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i'm not pregnant.But i want to have a baby. Clinical test shows that my rubella lgg = 70.8 and rubella lgm=2.66. Can i go for pregnancy?

Rubella IgM...: ...Is probably detectable because of a relatively recent immunization; the igg is measured in different units in different places, but this is a parameter you want to be high as it reflects immunity to this disease. Low rubella igg would suggest doing the MMR shot first, then waiting 3 mo before trying to become pregnant. ...Read more

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Plz tell whether i should go ahead with pregnancy or not Rubella IgG = 9.6 (Borderline)& IgM = 3.98 (reactive), having 9 weeks of pregnancy???

Consult your doctor: Being 9 weeks pregnant and blood test shows rubellaIGM+, reactive , .The fetal development may get affected.Rubella infection is known to cause development defects. Discuuss this with your doctor about the continuation of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Hi i'm not pregnant.My rubella lgg =70.8 iu/ml , normal range is borderline8-11, positive>11, my rubella lgm=2.66it's positive>1.1-can i go for pregnancy?

Rubella titer: Ok, let's clarify, your igg is 70.8 and normal is over 11, so this means you're immune and won't get sick again. I am not sure why igm was done in your case. Igm is done only when acute infection is suspected. In that case, igg would be low. ...Read more

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I am not immune to rubella. I had my levels checked at the start of my pregnancy. I had the vax in 2007 after the birth of my 1st child because I wasn't immune then either. Apparently my immunity wears off. Do I need to vax again? Baby is 1 month old

I am not immune to rubella. I had my levels checked at the start of my pregnancy. I had the vax in 2007 after the birth of my 1st child because I wasn't immune then either. Apparently my immunity wears off. Do I need to vax again? Baby is 1 month old

Immune evaluation: If you have had no response to the vaccine in 2007 , you should consider getting another booster and check for antibody titer in 30-45 days after. Assuming the vaccine was stored & handled properly, the lack of response may warrant an immune evaluation . ...Read more

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What to do about rubella IgM may b positive in early pregnancy?

Rubella IgM: IgM means recent infection and chances of transmission vertically to fetus are rather high. Universal vaccination was started because it is very difficult to treat a baby born with rubella infection and I am unaware of an effective treatment for fetus. In such a case, would recommend working closely with infectious disease doctor and perinatologist to monitor the fetus to explore the options. ...Read more

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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


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