rubella virus vaccine - injection, Meruvax II (cont.)

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.

SIDE EFFECTS: Pain/redness/swelling at the injection site may occur. Other side effects may include fever, irritability, mild swollen glands (lymph nodes), measles-like rash, hives, tiredness, sore throat, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and body aches. These rubella-like symptoms may occur 11 to 20 days after vaccination and are usually mild and temporary, often persisting 1 to 5 days. If any of these effects last longer than 5 days or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. However, report all side effects to the doctor.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: joint pain/stiffness, tingling/numbness/pain in the arms/legs, fainting.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: persistent joint pain/stiffness, easy bruising/bleeding within 2 weeks to 2 months of vaccination, swollen/painful testicles in men, inability to make muscles of the legs/arms work (paralysis), seizures, mental/mood changes (e.g., unusual behavior, severe drowsiness, stiff neck, visual sensitivity to light), decreased hearing, vision problems.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US, you may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967. In Canada, you may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

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