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

PRECAUTIONS: Before receiving rubella virus vaccine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as neomycin, gelatin), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: illness with a high fever over 101 degrees F (38 degrees C), decreased immune function from other medications (see also Drug Interactions), decreased immune function from other illness (e.g., advanced HIV/AIDS, leukemia, lymphoma, other cancer affecting the bone marrow or lymph nodes), immune problems with certain white blood cells (T-cells), low or abnormal blood antibodies (hypogammaglobulinemia, dysgammaglobulinemia), untreated tuberculosis (TB) infection.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: low blood clotting cells (platelets), HIV infection without symptoms, brain injury, seizures due to fever.This medication must not be used during pregnancy. There is some risk that it may harm an unborn baby. If you have been vaccinated with rubella virus vaccine, you should not become pregnant for at least 3 months after the vaccination. Discuss the possible risks with your doctor.The live, weakened virus in this vaccine is known to pass into breast milk. Rare cases of mild illness in nursing infants have been reported. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.Even if your nursing infant is exposed to rubella virus from breast-feeding, he/she should still receive the vaccine at 12 months.

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