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I've noticed in a few posts this week about wild measles, etc. conferring immunity from mother to child. (Forgive me if I'm mistaken). I was vaxed fully as a child, but ended up contracting rubella when I was 5. (Of course the Dr. who vaxed me didn't say it was - he called it an "unspecified rash" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) , but my dad was born in the 20's when everyone got rubella, mumps, etc. when they were kids, and he said he knew German measles when he saw it and I had all the symptoms. My kids have never had the MMR (and never will). Would they have<br>
some immunity from me if I indeed did have rubella?
 

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AnnesMom, your children would only have passive immunity acquired through breastfeeding and transplacentally as long as you still have circulating antibodies against rubella which presumably confers life-long immunity. Passive immunity is 'short-lived' and is not the same as 'active' immunity acquired through natural infection or vaccination.<br><br>
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