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April 20th, 2014 07:00 PM #11
You can't gain natural immunity to something that has been all but wiped out in North America, since your chance of running into a person carrying rubella and contacting a sufficent amount of virus is slim to none.
I know in Canada there was a huge stretch of time where kids were only given one MMR shot, and it is now being recommended everyon whose only had one get a booster.jessamyn
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April 20th, 2014 07:14 PM #13
April 21st, 2014 08:56 PM #15
The main window in which you need to be very concerned is in the first trimester of pregnancy, when the main organ systems are forming. The mother has to be infected to expose the fetus, but she could have a sublcinical infection and not really know she has rubella itself. As long as the virus is circulating around, it crosses the placenta and infects the baby.
But as we said, endemic transmission in the US has been eliminated, and even in the anti-vaccination panic we still haven't seen any cases. Since a handful of cases are imported every year, though, and since herd immunity is dangerously declining, we fear it might not be far behind measles in reestablishing itself.Blade, MD
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