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Two Doses: The vaccine comes as combined MMR now w/ the rubella portion (german measles mixed w/ mumps & measles) in 1989, young people in the usa, began getting 2 doses of MMR after increased outbreaks erupted on single dose regimen. Single dosing not protective enough. Those born before 1956 may have natural immunity. If born between 1957-1970's, you may have had only the single series & be at risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer