No immunity to Rubella... should I be worried
, Nov 20 2007 11:20 AM
21 replies to this topic
Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:20 AM
My doctor's receptionist rang me last night and told me I have no immunity for rubella.
She wasn't very informative..and said to keep away from people with rashes.
I am a service assistant..so I am constantly around people I dont know are healthy or not.
Should I be worried??
Should I take time off work.. until I am pasted the 12 week mark.. I am 10 weeks today.
A little worried.
Edited by ~Kathreen~, 20 November 2007 - 11:21 AM.
Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:24 AM
I think German Measles can affect you at any time in pg? I might be wrong! I have no idea what you can do, the FS made sure I was immune before letting me do IVF, so they considered it pretty important!
Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:29 AM
I would talk to the dr, that doesn't sound like great advice. Stay away from people with rashes? That's really easy hey?
You can be affected at any time during your pregnancy not just the first trimester.
Just out of curiosity did you have the needles when you were younger?
Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:38 AM
hi rebecca.. yes I had the needles when I was in high school.
I talked to one of my bestfriends lastnight and she said that she was still immune for it..and she is nearly a year older than me... strange.
I know it can effect you at anytime.. I cant afford to go on maternity leave already.
I read somewhere lastnight that if you get it under 12 weeks.. it can cause birth defects, m/c etc.. after 12 weeks.. still born and a few other horrible things.
Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:50 AM
Honestly there isn't a great deal you can do.
I have no immunity to rubella either. In fact I had a booster three months before conceiving DD and I still had no immunity when I was pregnant with her.
For some reason, some people's immune system just don't hold on to it IYKWIM?
Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:52 AM
I'm sorry that you have this added worry. A friend's mother had rubella when she was pg with her &amp; she was born deaf - very smart girl though.
From my readings I understand that you can not be vaccinated now but there is an alternative. There is a homeopathic rubella Nosode that is safe to take during pg. If you would like to look into this you could contact a naturopath/homeopath or (details removed) - Please contact for recommendation.
May I also suggest putting your question to the ladies in the Natural Therapy section under non-vaccinated discussions. They may have some more info for you.
Best of luck.
Edited by Nut, 29 July 2013 - 08:25 AM.
Recommendations for medical practitioners are not permitted on the public forum.
Posted 20 November 2007 - 12:01 PM
Ring you OB to find out exactly what level you are. I was told I had "no immunity" but found my level to be 39 which in reality means "you are immune now but it is wearing off and we will give you a booster shot when you give birth to protect you in the event of further children"
Also if you play Dr Google you will find that the worry about rubella and pregnancy is up until the 17th/18th week. After that there has been no cases of birth defects due to rubella infection.
Soooo...check with your OB/Midvives/GP and get the facts in your case.
Posted 20 November 2007 - 12:05 PM
When I had my bloods done for both DS! and DS2 it showed I had very low immunity for rubella. I was just advised that I would need a booster once bub born.
I just don't seem to hold the immunity as I needed it with 2nd pregnancy too. Midwives weren't too concerned, not much you can really do about it now hey?
Posted 20 November 2007 - 12:11 PM
Oh no, that's a worry you could do without. The only thing I'd like to add is that Rubella is quite rare these days.
I would be annoyed with your doctor too to tell you to stay away from people with rashes.
Could you fulfill a different role until you've reached the 17/18th week?
Posted 20 November 2007 - 12:35 PM
I am another one with little immunity to rubella. I just had the booster a couple of months before I started ttc, it hasn't helped in raising my immunity though unfortunately. I worked as a flight attendant when I was pregnant with my little boy and constantly worried whenever I saw any kids with rashes. If anyone does contract rubella/german measles these days it is considered public health issue and they then swing into action. They try to trace anyone that the infected person might have been in contact with during the contagious period. Not that this is terribly reassuring for those of us with low immunity... Hope that all makes sense! Emma
Posted 20 November 2007 - 12:42 PM
Not that this will help the OP at all, but may help some other readers:
Immunity to rubella vaccination we got at school wears off; if you ever had the live virus you are much more "immune". If the vaccination doesn't work for you there is a different kind. I know this because a friend of mine had two vaccinations that didn't work and then was sent to another dr who gave her a different kind of vacc and it worked.
Posted 20 November 2007 - 12:42 PM
I too have no immunity to rubella. I found out when pg with DS1, so went through that pregnancy with no immunity. Had a booster after he was born, had it checked when I was planning to TTC #2, still not immune. Another booster - I made it 'over the line' to a level of 34. But by the time I was pregnant with DS3 I was not immune again. Some people do not hold immunity to rubella well, it's just one of those things. They consider over 30 to be immune, under 30 not immune. My level with DS3 was 4!
Should you be worried - IMO, no. You should be cautious, yes, but worried no. I figured that I have probably walked around for the majority of my adult life not immune to rubella and have never caught it. Also, my GP told me that he honeslty can't remember the last time he saw a case of rubella - it's not terribly common these days due to high vaccination rates.
Try not to worry. Best of luck with your pregnancy.
Posted 20 November 2007 - 12:45 PM
DS has just had rubella so this has been a real issue for us lately. Fortunately my immunity is good:)
They say immunity lasts about 16 years, but it is different for everyone. I last had the shot in primary school i tihnk.
Make sure everyone around you knows that you are pregnant. Make sure everyone knows that you aren't immune and make sure they know how serious it is that they alert you to any cases.
When DS got it I emailed my mothers group and it turns out he had been the 4th child to get it! 3 of us are pregnant and the first case was when I wouldve only been about amonth pregnant. Im extremely annoyed to say the least.
There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about the immunity (my MIL was more worried abotu DH catching it than me!). Please make sure everyone is fully aware of what it could mean to you. There is no safe time to catch rubella in pregnanyc, but it isnt as dangerous after 20 weeks.
I dont want to scare you unnecessarily, we've just had this issue though and Im astounded by how lightly some have taken it.
Hope you dont come into contact with it. Stay healthy
ETA: DS had his shots and he still came down with rubella, albeit a lesser case than he mightve had had he not been vaccinated. All but one child at mothers group had the shots as well.
Edited by Almond*Eyes, 20 November 2007 - 12:46 PM.
Posted 20 November 2007 - 01:03 PM
I have no rubella immunity (didn't when pg with DS either). I have now had the immunisation/booster 4 (maybe 5) times.
It is not the ideal situation to be in, but as others have said not everyone holds the immunity.
Go and speak to your doctor, he will be able to give you better information.
Posted 20 November 2007 - 02:11 PM
Kathreen, I also have no immunity to rubella. I've had boosters and they don't help.
You are not alone in your fears. I am going through the same. I agree with many of the posts. Let people around you know you have no immunity to rubella. That's really all you can do.
There are not many cases around so we should be ok.
Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:06 AM
I know this is a really old post! But, I am also non immune to rubella...had the two shots when I was younger. I've read an article that if a mom is non-immune to rubella her kids are more likely to be autistic if they get the shot again post childbirth or not. I know this seems silly, but I was wondering any advice on whether I should get the shot after giving birth. Thank you ladies!
Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:47 AM
Kate, I really wouldn't put any trust in anything saying there's a rubella and autism connection unless it was in a medical journal. Just get the vaccination after birth- I will be doing so.
Posted 30 July 2013 - 07:35 AM
Hi, when I first saw my doctor she said I had low immunity and wanted to give me a booster. I didn't as I had heard that it may not make any difference and didn't want to wait 3 months to TTC after.
When I was 5 weeks pregnant I saw a different doctor at the same clinic as she was on holidays and he redid a test for rubella. When she came back she checked my result and said my immunity was fine and wouldn't need a booster after I had my baby. And she also said she personally hadn't seen a case in over 10years so is becoming quite rare in Australia
I did still take small precautions, I don,t think rubella is an 'airborne' disease as such, but carried in droplets on saliva/snot so if you can maybe get a little bottle of hand sanitizer to keep with you so if someone cough or sneezes on something and touches something like money, just quickly clean your hands, especially if you bite your nails! And washing your hands before you eat, and take your own cutlery in the lunch room - unless it has a dishwasher as my mum picked up shingles from some ladies at a retirement village at a lunch we had there, as they only hand wash and more often than not the water is only Luke warm, so not enough to kill germs.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 03:52 PM
I have low immunity also. A blood test in my first pregnancy showed my levels had dropped so I received a booster a few days after I gave birth to DS. That was only 20 months ago, I've just had more bloods during this pregnancy and it shows my levels have dropped again. He said I can have another booster but may be in the low percentage of people who will just never be immune. My OBGYN said it's not a big deal just to be a little more cautious around people as I work in an emergency department.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 04:04 PM
I worked in a school with no immunity through my first pregnancy. I sent anyone itching to the school nurse to be checked out but other than that I just tried not to think about it.
I developed a nasty rash my second pregnancy (still no immunity) and they tested me just in case to see if I'd been exposed. If I recall correctly I think the GP was considering giving me immunoglobulin if I had but it was just PUPPPS.
In short, take normal precautions, don't think about it too much and see a doctor without too much delay if you think you may have been exposed was my approach.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 04:09 PM
I had the needles as a child. When I had my first child in 1998 I was immune. I was pregnant with my second in 2009. Tests showed that I had low immunity. I worked in a pharmacy so was in contact with sick people every day. A lady with a small boy came in. In the process of serving her she said they'd just come from the doctors where the child was diagnosed with german measles. At this point I politely excused myself from serving her. One of my workmates took over and I went to serve customers down at the other end of the store. I didn't get sick from that exposure. I don't know much about it but I would assume that there probably has to be a transfer of bodily fluids like a sneeze or unwashed hands to infect someone? I remember it being really scary knowing i'd been exposed though.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 04:21 PM
Krisingka, on 30 July 2013 - 07:35 AM, said:
And she also said she personally hadn't seen a case in over 10years so is becoming quite rare in Australia
I did still take small precautions, I don,t think rubella is an 'airborne' disease as such, but carried in droplets on saliva/snot
While it is rare in Aus there have been outbreaks overseas this year following on from the MMR scares years ago.
(They are only a plane trip away and most of VPD outbreaks start with someone returning from OS)
What the concern is that where there have been measles outbreaks,rubella might follow because of this being part of the same vaccination.
Rubella is airborne.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users
Two-year-old Quincy finished his potty training last week, and as part of his reward he was able to meet his idols.
I will never deny the fact that grief has a place when you give birth to a child who brings a set of circumstances very different to what you imagined. Because for nine months, I thought I knew my Georgie.
There was nothing Erica and Carlos wanted more than a baby.
The actor said there was "no other person" he was thinking about when he chose the name.
More than half of women who live with abusive partners experience violence during pregnancy.
A new mother was told she must flee Port Vila hospital with her baby as Cyclone Pam bore down.
There were a few signs I'm never going back to the land of maternity jeans, breast pumps and bassinets.
Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp has revealed she was forced to withdraw from a Sydney Theatre Company production because a director did not approve of her breast feeding.
Looking for a name that's a little bit different for a girl? Turn to names that have been traditionally used for males, as these celebs (or their parents) did.
Greg Hughes is "an absolute shell of a man" as he and his wife Catherine struggle to come to terms with the loss of their newborn son Riley to whooping cough.
Introverts are often misunderstood as shy, and sometimes even rude. A timid child can be difficult to build rapport with, but it's important we nurture their sensitive natures.
Sheryl Sandberg's advice
Forget foreplay. The new and improved route to intercourse is "choreplay" - it's good for your spouse, good for your house, and comes with the imprimatur of feminist du jour Sheryl Sandberg.
The first time your child learns a new skill at playtime is very exciting - for both you and your baby! Play is important to your child's development for a variety of reasons - here are some simple ideas for you to try at home.
For me, being the best mother I can be means being a mum alone, at least for now. Thinking of my friends with inadequate partners, I wonder why more people don’t choose single motherhood.
Weird poses, surprise photobombs, bizarre editing: these are the wedding photos that should have never seen the light of day.
The mother of a four-week-old Perth baby who died after contracting whooping cough says her family has been left devastated by the loss of her "gorgeous, sweet" son.
To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!
Little Peyton Williams thought she was getting a baby sister named Charlee. But the two-year-old has had to settle for a doll dressed in pink after her baby "sister" turned out to be a boy.
We all know that having a strong immune system is the best way to stay healthy – but what can we do to help it along?
A Melbourne mum who died after the home birth of her baby pleaded with her husband to call an ambulance because she felt she was going to die, the Victorian Coroners Court has heard.
Q: My two-month-old baby doesn't like me. He's perfectly content with my wife, but when I try to hold him, he gets upset and cries. I've backed off a little, thinking that he just needs a little time to get used to me, but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm starting to think I'm just not a very good dad. Is it too late for me to build a relationship with my baby?
Wouldn’t it be great to get some nice feedback every now and then? After all, everyone likes to hear positive praise, particularly when it comes to parenting.
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!
If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.
It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.
When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?
Television personality Carrie Bickmore has given birth to her second child.
Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.
A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.
Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.
With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!
Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".
To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!
I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.
There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.
When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.
A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.
Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.
If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.
According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.
Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.
Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.
An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.
A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.
Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.
Sign up now!
Receive a daily email from Essential Baby during April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.