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Rubella virus vaccine, live (By injection)

Rubella Virus Vaccine, Live (roo-BELL-a VYE-rus VAX-een, lyve)

Prevents rubella (German measles).

Brand Name(s):

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to rubella vaccine, gelatin, or neomycin. You should not receive this medicine if you are pregnant. You should not receive this medicine if you are using medicines that weaken the immune system such as steroids, chemotherapy, or radiation. You should not receive this medicine if you have a high fever, HIV or AIDS, blood problems, or any tumor.

How to Use This Medicine:


  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • This medicine may interfere with vaccines. Ask your doctor before you get a flu shot or any other vaccines.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are breast feeding. Tell your doctor if you have received a blood transfusion or treatment in the past 3 months.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have tuberculosis (TB) or any blood disease.
  • Women who receive this vaccine should wait 3 months before getting pregnant.
  • This medicine may make you bleed, bruise, or get infections more easily. Take precautions to prevent illness and injury. Wash your hands often.
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash.
  • Diarrhea or vomiting.
  • High fever, fainting, dizziness, or headache.
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Blurred vision or deafness.
  • Burning, pain, redness, or swelling at the site of injection.
  • Mild fever or joint pains.
  • Nausea.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Last Updated: 5/1/2020

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