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Rubella Virus Vaccine (Live)
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Rubella Virus Vaccine (Live) Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Meruvax® II [DSC]

Pharmacologic Category

Vaccine, Live (Viral)

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 1 year old.

• If you have an allergy to rubella virus vaccine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Bone cancer, high fever, or untreated tuberculosis.

• If you have a weak immune system.

• If you recently had a blood transfusion or received an immune globulin.

• If you have had a transplant.

• If you already had German measles.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

How does it work?

• Rubella vaccine helps the body develop antibodies to the rubella virus and protect against infection.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• The first shot is usually given to children between 12 and 15 months of age and a second shot is given between 4 and 6 years of age.

• This medicine may be given to adults who never had German measles or the vaccine.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for instructions.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Side effects. Some side effects may occur up to 2 weeks after the shot. Report them to healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 17:17:01.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:21:29.0

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