If someone in the family truly does need the tetanus shot, please please please be SURE that's all they are getting.
I keep hearing that doctors say that regular offices don't have the plain tetanus, that there's a shortage...but then people say they've received just the tetanus from an ER. I wonder who to believe...the offices or the ERs.
But my mother once needed a tetanus shot (she got a spider bite, one of the things it's supposedly needed for), her doctor's office told her they would just give her tetanus, and when she went back a month later after being HORRIBLY ill, they told her she got the full DPT.
So make sure you're getting just the tetanus.
As to rubella, I kept hoping against hope that I'd contract it naturally. If you do, then you can pass on the antibodies through breast milk to your babies. They they will be naturally immune as well.
Unfortunately, I never ran across anyone with it. So I never got it. And, as I found out after getting pregnant, the vaccines didn't "take". So I'm running around, non-immune (either natural or artificial immunity), and pregnant. Sigh.
I hope that my kids (with my help) can become naturally immune to it, so they don't have to worry.
What am I saying here? I would NOT give a teenage daughter a rubella shot, because it won't necessarily "take", and it won't help HER children, should she choose to have them.
Hmm, perhaps between pregnancies I'll go volunteer at a hospital or something, hoping to get exposed...