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What are the symptoms you get with rubella?

What are the symptoms you get with rubella?

Mild: Rubella, or german measles, can cause rash and fever for 2-3 days which is usually mild in children and young adults and improves without any specific treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Bernstein
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Rubella (Definition)

Rubella is generally a benign communicable exanthematous disease. The major complication of rubella is its teratogenic effects when pregnant women contract the disease, especially in the early weeks of gestation. Because of the successful immunization program in the US since 1969, rubella infection and congenital rubella syndrome ...Read more


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Are there symptoms of rubella in a fetus?

Are there symptoms of rubella in a fetus?

Rubella: Rubella is a virus which can affect the fetus especially in the first trimester. Signs of intrauterine infection include deafness, blindness, heart abnormalities, growth retardation. ...Read more

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Does rubella have lifelong symptoms or can it kill you?

Does rubella have  lifelong symptoms or can it kill you?

Think mild: If you are a developing fetus and share your mothers first time exposure/infection,it is deadly.If you don't die/abort,it can leave you blind/deaf/with organ and brain damage at birth. If you are a toddler through adulthood,think mild problem. The lifelong issue with rubella would be from fetal exposure/disease. ...Read more

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What is a normal level of rubella IgG for an adult who had it in childhood?

What is a normal level of rubella IgG for an adult who had it in childhood?

See below.: More than 10 international units per milliliter (IU/mL) IgG antibodies usually means that you are immune. However, the number can vary slightly from lab to lab, so you should check the lab's reference range if you are concerned. ...Read more

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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

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Do adults need boosters for rubella? I had a rubella vaccine as a child, but am traveling to an area of the world where it’s prevalent. Do i need some sort of booster, or am i still immune? .

Do adults need boosters for rubella? I had a rubella vaccine as a child, but am traveling to an area of the world where
it’s prevalent. Do i need some sort of booster, or am i still immune?


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Maybe: Vaccines produce long term immunity to many viral illnesses but some like the rubella, may not hold at a protective level. The MMR which is the main rubella vaccine in the US since the late 70's, did not get a childhood booster dose routinely until the 90's, after clusters of cases on college campuses.Now OB's routinely check rubella antibodies on women to make sure their level is okay.Get a test. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's normal level of rubella IgG for an older adult who had it in childhood?

Can any doc tell me what's normal level of rubella IgG for an older adult who had it in childhood?

Over 10 IU/ ml is +: And supports evidence of prior infection or immunization, however, it is reported that levels may wane with age. Over 20 IU/ml is more desirable. ...Read more

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Is it likely to get rubella from shaking hands with someone who might have it but doesn't show any symptoms ?

Is it likely to get rubella from shaking hands with someone who might have it but doesn't show any symptoms ?

Unlikely: It is unlikely to obtain rubella from shaking hands with someone who does not exhibit signs of rubella. Rubella normally is passed on from inhalation of large particle aerosols and generally from a prolonged period of contact. All the best! ...Read more

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Can you get infected with rubella 2 years after being vaccinated against it ? Is it possible to carry the rubella virus without showing any symptoms ?

Unlikely: Is is possible? Anything is possible but really unlikely. If you did not develop immunity from the vaccine it is possible - were your titers checked after being vaccinated? ...Read more

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My rubella IgM >400 and IgG negative 0.13. But i didn't have any symptom. Is it a problem to get vaccinated again since im planning pregnancy.

My rubella IgM >400 and IgG negative 0.13. But i didn't have any symptom. Is it a problem to get vaccinated again since im planning pregnancy.

No, but: Arguably you don't need to get vaccinated again because you are already producing antibodies; it should only be a matter of time before the antibody production shifts from igm to igg. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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German Measles (Definition)

German measles, also called rubella, is a viral infection that often causes a rash spreading from the face to the rest of the body, as well as fever, headache, and runny nose. Infection during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects or ...Read more


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