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Rubella Virus Vaccine
Injures a fetus: Rubella virus is a rather mild illness when experienced in middle childhood & before a vaccine was available parents often had block parties to expose kids & get it over with. Unfortunately it is not that mild on a developing fetus. Moms with 1st time rubella in pregnancy can miscarry, or the fetus be born deaf & blind. It can have a specific heart defect and or other organ damage. ...Read more
Rubella virus is also known as Rubella. Rubella aka german measles, is an infection that primarily affects the skin and lymph nodes. It is caused by the rubella virus (not the same virus that causes measles), which is usually transmitted by droplets from the nose or throat that others breathe in. It can also pass through a pregnant woman's bloodstream to ...Read more
Yes: This was a common viral illness of childhood many years ago before vaccines were available.It was a relatively mild illness for kids, but produces fetal death or devastating birth defects when women get it during pregnancy.As more of the population ignores the benefit of vaccines, we will eventually see outbreaks.International travel brings in asymptomatic carriers who then infect susceptible ppl. ...Read more
Wait it out: There are many instances where the standard screening test for rubella immunity is negative when functional immunity may still be adequate.Your OB will likely plan to give you the vaccine after you deliver to boost any immunity you have. For now, avoid people you know won't vaccinate their kids, & crowded areas or airports. Good luck. ...Read more
Supportive care: There are no antivirals that will help when a child is infected with the rubella virus. As an illness, it is not very intense and usually peaks and fades like a flu. Its greatest risk is to a fetus, who if infected can abort or become deaf, blind or have other severe organ damage.The vaccine is likely to provide lifelong immunity, but ob's often check to be sure a womans antibody level is adequate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Protection from the first dose is expected in about 85% of the population, this rises to in excess of 95% after a second dose given at least a month later. The current routine in the US includes doses at a year and 4-5 yrs which integrates vaccinations with day care/school entry. Recent measles outbreaks in the US were noted from imported cases in mostly unvaccinated but some once vaccinated kids ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Nothing really: The rubella virus doesn't really attack anything. It focuses only on making more of itself. It starts in the nose usually and then go to the blood. The symptoms of rubella are from our body attacking the virus to get rid of it and in the process effecting cells that are infected. Rubella is a big deal in pregnancy because it can cross the placenta and get into the baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cloaked RNA virus : Rubella is a RNA virus that is easily transmitted easily in nasal & throat secretions. As many as half of those infected have no symptoms & for those that do in childhood it is rather mild.A facial rash that spreads in a day, enlarged lymph nodes, fever& rarely other complications.If infected during pregnancy, the baby may abort, develop anomalies or be deaf, mute & blind. ...Read more
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
German measles is also known as Rubella. 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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