rubella virus vaccine live (Meruvax II)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No, the rubella vaccine is no longer available in the US. The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is the vaccine of choice to protect patients against any of these infections.

PREPARATIONS: Solution for administration by injection into the fatty layer of the tissue under the skin (subcutaneously) of the upper arm.

STORAGE: The rubella vaccine should be stored in the refrigerator, between 2 C and 8 C (36 and 46 F).

DOSING: The rubella vaccine is recommended for patients 12 months of age or older. Patients first vaccinated with the rubella vaccine at 12 months of age or older should be revaccinated with the measles, mumps, and rubella live vaccine (MMR II) prior to elementary school.

DRUG INTERACTIONS:

  • Anyone who has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin should not get the rubella vaccine.
  • Anyone who has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to the antibiotic neomycin should not get the rubella vaccine because neomycin is used in the production process.
  • Patients with a weak immune system should not get the rubella vaccine. This includes AIDS patients, patients receiving medicines that suppress the immune system, and people with cancer.
  • The rubella vaccine may interact with the tuberculin (TB) test. Therefore, if a TB skin test is to be done, it should be administered either before or at the same time as the vaccine.

PREGNANCY: It is not known whether the rubella virus can cause birth defects. It should be avoided during pregnancy.

NURSING MOTHERS: The rubella vaccine is excreted into human milk and should be used cautiously in nursing mothers.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/14/2015

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