What is the rubella vaccine?

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The rubella vaccine is a live form of the rubella virus. The vaccine is available as the brand name Meruvax II. An injection of the vaccine stimulates the immune system to build up immunity to rubella, also known as the German measles or three-day measles. Infection with the rubella virus can be serious, so most children are given this vaccine between 12 to 15 months of age and a second dose before entering school or by six years of age. Individuals first vaccinated with Meruvax II at 12 months of age or older should be revaccinated with M-M-R (Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine) prior to elementary school.  A healthcare professional will administer the vaccine in a clinical setting.  

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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 ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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