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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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I am 28 and just had the rubella vaccine. Is it absolutely necessary that I get a second shot next month?

I am 28 and just had the rubella vaccine. Is it absolutely necessary that I get a second shot next month?

Maybe not: If the vaccine is required in your state to attend school, then to avoid a second rubella vaccine, blood can be drawn to see if immunity is already established from the first vaccine. If you live in one of the 20 states that allow conscientious objection for vaccines, then none are required. ...Read more

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I got the rubella vaccine on sept 4th 2012 i want to know when it's safe to get pregnant?Do i really have to wait 6 months before getting pregant?

I got the rubella vaccine on sept 4th 2012 i want to know when it's safe to get pregnant?Do i really have to wait 6 months before getting pregant?

No: On october 18, 2001, the advisory committee on immunization practices (acip) reviewed data from several sources indicating that no cases of congenital rubella syndrome (crs) had been identified among infants born to women who were vaccinated inadvertently against rubella within 3 months or early in pregnancy, and thus shortened its recommended period to avoid pregnancy to 28 days after vaccine. ...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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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
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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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Is there any reason to get a rubella vaccine shot again?

Is there any reason to get a rubella vaccine shot again?

Depends: Women considering future pregnancies often have blood tests to evaluate for rubella immunity.When this is considered low, a rubella shot (the MMR in the US) is given to boost the protection.Rubella is a devastating disease if it infects a fetus, not so much for others. ...Read more

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Who discovered the rubella vaccine?

Many investigators..: Were involved in the work that culminated in the availability of the rubella vaccine in 1969. Among them were maurice hilleman and dorothy horstmann. ...Read more

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How long does rubella vaccine last?

Years: Most vaccine immunity lasts for 10-20 years. They immunity wanes over time. For some this will create a susceptibilty. The body has a remembering response (anamnestic) and for many when immunity wanes and the person is exposed to the illness then the anamnestic response will lead to a healthy immune response.Others may get the illness. Susceptibility can be reduced with a healthy lifestyle. ...Read more

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What will happen if i don't take rubella vaccine?

What will happen if i don't take rubella vaccine?

Depends: In the past decade we have seen much fear mongering about vaccines and many avoiding them for themselves and their kids. Preventable diseases that were declining are returning in clusters around the country. Rubella is not a specifically harsh disease to adult or older kid.However, if you have it in pregnancy, baby can abort or become deaf, mute and blind. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rubella vaccine?

Vaccine for rubella: A vaccine designed to prevent rubella, or german measles which has devastating consequences for newborns (e.G deafness, mental retardation etc) whose mother get infected during pregnancy. ...Read more

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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. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more