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#1 of 4 Old 10-01-2003, 03:05 AM - Thread Starter
 
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When my mum was pregnant with me (26 years ago) and had blood tests done, it showed that she had previously had the Rubella virus. She never knew that she had previously had it, it must have been a very mild form.

Just wondering, would she then have passed that immunity onto me?
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From what I have read it would be temp immunity that wanes over time.
Rubella is a very mild disease for children.We are pushed to give the vaccine not to prevent a nasty infection in the kids,but to prevent infection in non-immune pregnant mums whose fetuses will have problems if the mother does not know what vitamins and such to take to lessen the defect risks.
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Yep, rubella is one of those misplaced shots we give babies not because the disease is bad for them, but it's because it's bad for folks around them. Seems to me we ought to only give the shot to women of child-bearing age who haven't gotten the disease naturally. :
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Reading up on the early history of the rubella vaccine and who it was used for-it was initially targeted towards TEEN GIRLS(boys were not vaccinated).Then I am assuming because there were still *to many* cases they decided it was better to just give the vaccine to ALL toddlers. I think the mumps vaccine was also targeted for teens initially.
Older medical books give a good insight into the vaccines and the diseases.It is always interesting to see how the vaccine recommendations changed.As well as the description of the disease!

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