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Did you get your kids infected with Rubella??

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
A friend's son has it and I'm thinking of bringing my two girls over there to get them infected. I know, sounds gruesome. I'm just trying to get it over and done with to avoid problems with them getting infected later on in life (they are not vaxinated). Have you done this? Or, do you think it's okay not to?

I've done all the reading when we were deciding against vaccinating, and it's been a couple of years...

Thanks,
Agnieszka
post #2 of 34
I would do it as the vax is not intended to protect the vaccinated from Rubella, but to "protect" against them being carriers.
post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 
Yes, that's why we didn't vax... but I was just thinking, what if my girls don't ever get it as kids... anyone have info on what rubella is like on older girls? and what about adults? I have read about the congenital rubella syndrome, and that's a scary thought... but there is also research that says it's actually not as common as we're told.

thanks for your thoughts
post #4 of 34
I wouldn't personally. I wouldn't see the point. I don't think it is common enough to worry about. It would only be a problem with women during pregnancy and again it isn't around enough to even worry about this years from now.

But, that being said, I wouldn't be opposed to someone else doing it.
post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your thoughts... I'm still kind of conflicted about it especially since my younger one is so fussy (and she's 2.5)... and when she's sick it's a nightmare. Thankfully, she's not sick often. I don't think I'm informed enough, period.

Can you tell me, is rubella scares enough that pregnant women really don't have to worry about getting it??

Sorry if this is a stupid question and I"m sure there's a ton of info about this on line... I'm just so damn tired today... and supposed to go over to my friend's house (with the rubella)... anyway. I'm just rambling now.

Thanks.
post #6 of 34
When my kids had rubella, it was like a light cold. it wasn't really sick...hardly even a fever. More like a bad allergy day...week.

I don't know that I'd do it on purpose, but if you already planned on going over...meh. Honestly, rubella for an unborn child is dangerous, and vax does wear off by the time a woman is fertile.
post #7 of 34
In any medical journal from the 70's they say rubella is a mild childhood disease with no ill effects (I worked for a doctor and always looked at her stuff!). Then the newer versions pretty much say the same thing and that the vax was intended to wipe out congenital rubella (where the fetus gets it). I just saw a post by someone in the vax forum that said there were about 10 cases a year of congenital rubella prevax. I wish I could find where that was because I'm really interested in knowing if that's true.

EDIT: Here's a link to the CDC that states that rubella is pretty harmless and the goal of the rubella vaccination is to wipe out congenital rubella: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000149.htm
post #8 of 34
My daughter had rubella. It was so quick and mild. She had a mild fever and a rash for a day, and that was that. I was glad she got it because hopefully her immunity will last into her childbearing years; whereas I was vaxed as a child and my immunity wore off by the time I waS pregnant.
post #9 of 34
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Rubella is not given to anyone to protect them against the disease due to risk of their own health.

The likelihood of a baby becoming congenitally deformed is mother-dependent, in that her diet (Vitamin A, folic acid) and how many weeks pregnant she is are the important factors. 80% of pregnant women who catch rubella in the first trimester do not have babies with congenital deformities.
http://www.*********/m/butler2.html
post #10 of 34
Emmeline, where is the source of your data? That was exactly what I was looking for, but if you coud link me to where you got that, I'd appreciate it. I'm now trying to put together a binder with all of my info, including sources!
post #11 of 34
Yes em I need that source!
post #12 of 34
I would. (well actually i wouldn't right now b/c i'm pregnant and unimmune) but that's why I would get it for them. Especially girls. Right now if i were to come in contact w/ rubella- my baby could possibly have some serious complications from it. I WISH I would've had rubella as a child, so now I wouldn't have to worry (not htat I am, I just think life's too short to stress).
post #13 of 34
Full-blown CRS is not the only thing it causes. Rubella used to be a major cause of deafness.

http://www.sense.org.uk/what_is_deaf...idence_crs.htm
post #14 of 34
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When my kids had rubella, it was like a light cold. it wasn't really sick...hardly even a fever. More like a bad allergy day...week.
This was exactly how it was for my daughter.
post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by Lazy Gardens View Post
Full-blown CRS is not the only thing it causes. Rubella used to be a major cause of deafness.
http://www.sense.org.uk/what_is_deaf...idence_crs.htm
Congenital deafness.
post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by claddaghmom View Post
Yes em I need that source!
It's from Hilary Butler who used to be a member here; I changed my post above.

She has a website http://www.beyondconformity.org.nz/_...tiple_vaccines
post #17 of 34
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and vax does wear off by the time a woman is fertile
Are you sure? I just had my baby and my blood work showed I was immune. I never had rubella, so shouldn't that mean immunity from my vax?
post #18 of 34
It could be or youc ould have contracted it without realizing at some point.
post #19 of 34
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It could be or youc ould have contracted it without realizing at some point.
now theres a thought.
post #20 of 34
Or some women just don't show immunity, no matter how immune they are. I have had three vaccinations in the past fourteen years, and my children have had it, and I *still* do not show any titers at all for rubella.


Drives the med people crazy.
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