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My latest worry....Rubella!?!

Thank you for all of your help on the strept issue...I was also wondering if anyone ever received results back from their Rubella blood work as "Equivocal" I am freaking out because--although I am almost certain I had the vaccine as a child and my own sister who just had a baby was "immune"---however according to this test I am not immune. I am also a school teacher and around children everyday-I have no idea if I have been exposed as when reading about symptoms they are so vague, swollen glands, slight fever and MAYBE a rash- I don't think I have had exposure-but who knows! one more thing to stress about. anyone else ever been through this worry?Thank you for your support-wtd
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p.s. I have a son already and this was not brought up AT ALL in my first pregnacy!!
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i was not immune to measles, mumps & rubella during my 1st pregnancy and everything turned out ok.  probably every kid is vaccinated against rubella, so you really shouldn't worry too much about contracting it from kids.  as soon as i gave birth, the nurse gave me the MMR booster.
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Relax girl, you are going to have yourself crazy. I'm sure you will be fine, it's not a common thing. Did you talk it over with your doctor?
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With my 3rd pg I was shocked to find out I was not immune either. I lost that baby (not related to the rubella issue) and while in the hospital for the d&c, they gave me the vaccine and explicit directions to wait three months before TTC conceive again. Most children are vaccinated, though there is a growing population of parents choosing not to vaccinate (don't get me started on this one) which does put us at risk for these diseases to make a comeback.

Generally speaking, children who are not vaccinated must remain home if for some reason there is an outbreak. Rubella is not common in the US as vaccinations have phased many diseases out. Check with your local Health Department and they can give you plenty of info about Rubella.

I agree with the previous responses that you should try to relax a bit more. Stressing out is going to do you more harm than the remote chance of coming contact with Rubella.

Andrea
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my doctor told me that fifth's disease is only dangerous to pregnant women in their first trimester.  hope that helps
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I was told that my rubella is low as well and that I will need to get a vaccine when I go to the hospital to deliver. That along with being GBS positive, requiring anti-biotics AND I just found out that my son had Fifths Disease (he is just getting over it) I am a nervous wreck. I have to wait for my blood work to come back to see if I am immune to the Fifths disease. My doctor said that I should be and that the baby should be fine (I am 32 weeks pg)

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I agree with Christie I think sometimes these people at the labs make mistakes or read things wrong.  With my daughter I was apparently not immune but I did not know until after delivery when the nurse came in and told me I had to have the MMR.  So you can imagine my suprise.  Everything turned out fine no problems for me or my daughter.
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I wonder about the accuracy of the tests sometimes.

I received the vaccine after the birth of my last child some 24 years ago.  Was not surprised to find myself declared non-immune 2 years ago at a pre-employment physical.  Received the vaccine.
Next year--new job-another physical--immune.  no problem.

I changed jobs again 4 months ago, 5 MONTHS after being told I was immune. Guess what?  They called me and told me I was once again NON IMMUNE.  I produced the record of the last test.  The lab drew another sample from me--this time, IMMUNE!!!

What the hell?  I completely don't know at this point WHAT the heck I am.  I guess I am immune.

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My doctor also told me that I am not immune.........and that I need to have an MMR after I deliver.........

I guess my only question is:
Is this a live virus?
If it wasn't then wouldn't they just give it to all of us NOW instead of waiting until after we deliver?
And if indeed it is a live virus then are those of us that want to breatfeed going to endanger our child?? I can't remember at what age they give the MMR to babies but I think it is around two months or so.

I know that my husband wasn't able to get the small pox vac. this time around because I am pregnant. It isn't something they ask them but when he mentioned that I was pregnant they were like........."oh, we can't give you the vac....."

Hugs,
Vikki


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