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If the rubella vaccine that she will be getting is the MMR II (measles-mumps-rubella) from MerckFrosst, this quote from the [I]Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), 2005[/I] (pp. 1271-73) may help:

"Contraindications: ...
Pregnancy: Do not give M-M-R II to pregnant females; the possible effects of the vaccine on fetal development are unknown at this time. If vaccination of post-pubertal females is undertaken, pregnancy must be avoided by medically acceptable methods for 3 months following vaccination (see Precautions, Pregnancy).
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Precautions: ...
Pregnancy: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with M-M-R II. It is also not known whether M-M-R II can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Therefore, the vaccine should not be administered to pregnant females; furthermore, pregnancy should be avoided for 3 months following vaccination (see Contraindications).
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Lactation: It is not known whether measles or mumps vaccine virus is secreted in human milk. Recent studies have shown that lactating postpartum women immunized with live attenuated rubella vaccine [that's the kind in this product -CP] may secrete the virus in breast milk and transmit it to breast-fed infants. In the infants with serological evidence of rubella infection, none exhibited severe disease; however, one exhibited mild clinical illness typical of acquired rubella. Caution should be exercised when M-M-R II is administered to a nursing woman."

I need to get the rubella vaccine myself (need to have rubella antibodies to work or volunteer in healthcare in Ontario), but I wanted to know what I'd be allowing into my body. I got this info from the pharmacist at the local hospital.

I hope that this info helps.





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