What is this medicine?
RUBELLA VIRUS VACCINE LIVE (roo BEL uh VAHY ruhs vak SEEN lahyv) is used to prevent infections with the rubella virus (German measles).
How should I use this medicine?
This vaccine is for injection under the skin. It is given by a health care professional.
A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 months old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in hearing
changes in vision
extreme changes in behavior
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
fever over 102 degrees F
pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
unusual bruising or bleeding
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
aches or pains
bruising, pain, swelling at site where injected
low-grade fever under 102 degrees F
runny nose, cough, sore throat
What may interact with this medicine?
medicines that suppress your immune system
medicines to treat cancer
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
What if I miss a dose?
Keep all appointments for follow up doses. Your health care provider will tell you when to return for the next vaccine. Ask your health care professional for advice if you are unable to keep an appointment or miss a scheduled dose.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
fever or infection
immune system problems
low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
an unusual or allergic reaction to vaccines, neomycin, albumin, gelatin, sorbitol, beef products, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Contact your doctor or health care professional and seek emergency medical care if any serious side effects occur.
This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone.
Do not have a tuberculin skin test and this vaccination at the same time. This vaccine can reduce skin reactions to the tuberculin test. Do not receive this vaccination within 3 months of blood or plasma transfusions or immunoglobulin injections; these can block the effects of the vaccine.
This medicine is made from human blood. It may be possible to pass an infection in this medicine. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medicine.
Do not become pregnant for 3 months after taking this vaccine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.