What should I know about the rubella vaccine before receiving it?

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The vaccine should not be administered if you have a cold or the flu, if you are pregnant or if you are going to become pregnant in the next three months. People with blood or bone marrow diseases or disorders should not receive this vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you have an immune-suppressing condition. Most children will receive a vaccine for rubella between 12 and 15 months of age. Before beginning elementary school, the child should receive a second dose for the vaccine. Any adult born after 1956 should receive this vaccine if they have never done so before. When getting the vaccine, you may choose the option of a combination vaccine that protects you against the measles, mumps and rubella. This is called the MMR vaccine. You must receive all doses of the vaccine for it to be fully effective, so make sure you are following the correct dosing schedule by talking to your doctor. While there are some side effects associated with receiving the rubella vaccine, the benefits of avoiding a dangerous infection outweigh the risks.

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