Information To Help You Decide

Obstetrical nurse Wanda F. Steele has information for you to consider regarding the rubella vaccine and your future pregnancy.

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Your question

I have just started hearing about the rubella vaccinations prior to pregnancy. I'm fairly sure I haven't had an MMR vaccination since I was a baby. Do I need to be vaccinated again? If so, how much time should pass between the injection and conception? — Denise

The expert answers

Hi Denise,

A simple blood test will put your mind at ease. It is called a rubella titre, and it will tell you whether you have immunities against rubella. If you do have a positive level of immunities, there would be no need for the injection. Ideally, in childhood, you had two, if not three, vaccinations. These injections were also for measles and mumps, hence the abbreviation MMR.

Even if you had the vaccinations years ago, you will probably still be immune. If it turns out you have no immunities, having the vaccination would be a good idea. Check with your doctor to determine the right time to receive the vaccination. The virus does cross the placental barrier and can cause a devastating syndrome to the baby. If you are already pregnant, the vaccination can be given immediately after delivery.

Good luck,

Wanda

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