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Why may I need to get a Rubella vaccination if I'm pregnant?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Rubella causes slight fever, rash and swelling of the glands in the neck; can cause brain swelling or bleeding; if a pregnant woman contracts rubella, it can cause miscarriage or put her baby at high risk for neurological problems that resemble autism or life-threatening birth defects involving loss of brain, hearing, cardiac and endocrine function. If you're considering getting pregnant in the future and were not vaccinated for rubella in the past, it's a good idea to get your vaccine as soon as posible, since you must have it more than 3 months before becoming pregnant.

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