rubella virus vaccine - injection, Meruvax II
GENERIC NAME: RUBELLA VIRUS VACCINE - INJECTION (roo-BEL-a)
BRAND NAME(S): Meruvax II
USES: This medication is used to help prevent infection from the rubella virus. Rubella (also known as German measles) is a common childhood infection. It may rarely cause problems in children. However, rubella infection in a pregnant woman may cause the unborn infant to die before birth or be born with physical defects. Vaccination during childhood can prevent these infections so that pregnant mothers who have never had rubella or been vaccinated are not exposed to rubella by others (e.g., their other children).The rubella virus in this vaccine is alive, but it has been weakened (attenuated) so that it has a decreased ability to cause illness. This vaccine causes the body to make immune defensive substances (antibodies) against the rubella virus so that you will be protected from this infection.The vaccine is recommended for all children 12 months and older and adults who have not already had rubella or been vaccinated.
HOW TO USE: Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, consult your health care provider.This vaccine is usually given by injection under the skin by a health care professional.Children who are vaccinated for rubella at 12 months or older should have a second live-vaccine injection (measles/mumps/rubella) just before entering elementary school.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/24/2012
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