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Can rubella cause heart abnormalities?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Rubella is a viral infection that can cause birth defects, including heart abnormalities, in unborn children. Most people are vaccinated against rubella as babies and never contract the disease; if you get rubella at any point in your life, you are immune and cannot get it again. Some women, however, have not been vaccinated and are at risk of passing rubella onto their babies if they are pregnant. If you are a woman planning to conceive a child and are not sure if you have been vaccinated, ask your doctor to test you for immunity. If you must be vaccinated as an adult, do not attempt to get pregnant for at least 28 days afterward. You should not be vaccinated during pregnancy, as this may harm your baby.

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