Post # 1
For everyone TTC or that is recently pregnant, did you get a rubella shot? My RE has been on my case to get this done b/c she said it’s the #1 shot to get. I’m overseas if that matters….which I think it does b/c rubella is still a possiblity over here and the birth defects caused by it are horrible.
I had one as a baby (like most everyone I know) but I need it again apparently. I also have to wait a month after having it before we can TTC….which we’ve been TTC since our wedding.
We will be back in the states in a couple of weeks and I was going to have it done there since AF is due next week….if I’m pregnant I can’t have the shot according to the RE. Do American doctors do this? Should I just get all my shots updated? I just had a flu shot 2 weeks ago.
Post # 3
i had a blood test done to see if i was immune to rubella. I had my measles mumps and rubella jabs when i was little and my bloodwork came back to say i was immune. Never hear of having to have it done again unless do dont already have immunity.
Post # 4
@ChocolateLime: Hmmm, I have NO idea if I’m immune. I’ll check that out.
My mom recently told me that she knew a woman here (my parents were stationed here when I was a kid) that was exposed to rubella in early pregnancy. The baby was born with water on the brain and died within a couple of weeks. She had never heard of it before and my mom actually got pregnant with my sister while here and never had the shot.
Post # 5
I had to get my immunity checked for work and I still had immunity from my childhood vaccinations, but a friend who had it checked as well was no longer immune to one of the viruses (measles I think?) and she required a new immunization. I think most people will still have immunity, but not 100%. If the test has a quick turnaround and is available, get the test and only get vaccinated if you are missing immunity. I believe some of the vaccines require a waiting period before getting pregnant, so that’s why I think if you can find out you are immune, avoid the vaccination…but if test not available or you lost immunity, definitely get the vaccine given the area you’re in.
Post # 6
@texasbee: if you can get tested before you become pregnant then that would be ideal. They will test to see if you are still immune through previous a vaccination or infection. If the blood test shows you no longer immune to rubella you will need to avoid anyone who might have rubella while you are pregnant and then you will be offered a vaccination once your baby is born.
Hope your well, haven’t seen you around here much lately.
Post # 7
@texasbee: to further add..
If you are not immune, you cannot have the jab while pregnant because the vaccination contains a live virus which could cause rubella infection in the baby. For the same reason, you should not become pregnant for at least a month after having your rubella jab.
Post # 8
@texasbee: I am immune as well. I think immunity to that disease in particular is critical, so if your titers are negative, then I’d say get the shot. =)
Post # 9
i had the blood test done and the results showed I was still immune, didn’t need another shot. ask your doctor.
Post # 10
I went for a preconception checkup and found I wasn’t immune to Rubella. I had a shot when I was an infant and then again in 2004 (I needed it for school) when they again found I wasn’t immune.
My doctor wanted me to come back for the vaccination (couldn’t do it that day due to the fact that I had ovulated the week prior and am not on BCP) and I later cancelled the appointment and decided I’m not getting the vaccination.
I figured if I’ve had it twice and it didn”t hold it won’t hold a 3rd time. I also researched it like crazy and found that the incidence of rubella is like 1 case a year in all of North America.
My doctor also told me I’d have to wait 3 months, not just one. I’ve heard mixed timelines for that vaccine.
Good luck with your decision. It’s 100% your decision so do what’s best for you!
Post # 11
A few years back, my doctor ran blood tests because I was of childbearing age, and I planned to have kid in the future. My rubella test came back as indeterminate (meaning they couldn’t say for sure that I was immune). At that time, my doc suggested I go to our Public Health clinic and receive the immunization. I knew I’d been immunized as a child (the MMR shot when I was 1 year old, and a booster again for Measles/Rubella when I was in my early teens – a standard shot that was given in school). I had the records for both – my mom had kept them and passed them on to me. I took the documents with me to the Public Health clinic so I could show them I’d received the immunization in the past, and ask them why my tests weren’t coming back positive. They explained that many people are considered “Non-responders” meaning they can receive the vaccine, but their body doesn’t respond to it. They explained that if I were to receive another shot, tests would likely still come back indeterminate or negative, because that’s how my body works. They also said that because of this, if I came in contact with rubella, I likely wouldn’t pick it up. So, I didn’t get the rubella shot at that time. Fast forward to my 1st pregnancy (in a new city). My initial blood tests came back showing “Negative” for rubella immunity. My doc said she was surprised that I didn’t have the shot, since I was a teacher and therefore could contract it more easily since I’m around so many kids all day long. I tried to explain my previous discussions with Public Health (the people that actually GIVE the vaccines), but she insisted that once the baby was born I needed the shot. Fine. What happened when I went to get the shot? They told me that because there was a history of me receiving it, they couldn’t give it to me because it wasn’t necessary. I explained that my doc insisted. The only way I was FINALLY able to get the shot was to have my doc write a prescription, and go to a travel clinic that had it in stock and was authorized to give it. I decided to go ahead with that after discussing with the Pharmacist at the clinic. He agreed that I probably didn’t need it like that Public Health clinic had said, but that it wouldn’t hurt me in any way to get it (as long as I waited before getting pregnant). He also said that it’s likely my tests in the future will still show “negative” for rubella. Both my doc and the Pharmacist that injected the rubella shot told me I needed to wait THREE months before getting pregnant after receiving the shot.
Sorry for the book, just thought I’d share that sometimes your tests can show up as negative and it could just be that your body doesn’t respond to rubella.
Post # 12
@MalbecMe: Thanks for your story. I know that I had it around 15 months or so….my mom said the standard back then was 12 months but an article had just come out in the paper saying that babies needed to wait. My doctor agreed and had me wait. I’ve been trying to locate my shot records (we lived overseas when I was little and I’ve had a ton of shots) and I can’t remember if I’ve had 2 rubella shots or not.
I was going to have my blood tested for it (while I’m visiting in the U.S.) but I don’t have time given the decreased hours for Thanksgiving. Technically, I’m also supposed to have a laprascopy soon (hopefully over Christmas holidays) and since I can’t be pregnant for that, I’m gonna try to get one done at the same time.