What are the side effects of receiving the rubella vaccine?

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Some people may experience side effects after receiving the rubella vaccine. Most side effects are mild. You may experience low fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, headaches, dizziness, feeling tired, irritable, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, joint or muscle pain, numbness or tingly feeling, redness, pain, swelling or a lump where the shot was given. Contact your doctor if these problems persist or become severe. Other more serious side effects require immediate medical attention. Seek help quickly if you experience high fever; swollen glands; easy bruising or bleeding; unusual weakness; joint swelling or stiffness that continues for several weeks after vaccination; weakness, severe lower back pain, numbness or tingly feeling in your feet and spreading upward; hearing, vision or speech problems; swallowing problems; bladder and bowel control problems; slow heart rate, trouble breathing and feeling like you might pass out; seizure; or severe skin blistering, peeling or rash.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

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