The MMR for women planning for pregnancy

Many pregnant women are worried about themselves and their children getting infected with Measles, Mupas, and Rubella during the pregnancy. They have heard that it may cause severe damages to the functional system of the child.

Is it true or simply a lie? How can you keep your child from getting infected with Measles, Mupas, and Rubella? The MMR vaccine is the best answer to your concerns.

This blog intends to enlighten the benefits an MMR vaccine brings you, suggesting some tips to stay safe.

How do I find out if I need to be vaccinated?

You don’t require a rubella vaccine if you have taken Rubella or two MMR vaccines in childhood.

The term MMR stands for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. This vaccine is usually given to children in two doses before they reach 6.

You can check with your family doctor if you’re not sure. If you have no idea who your doctor was at that time or don’t know whether you were vaccinated or not, you can get it once more.

 

When should I get the vaccination?

Receive the vaccine one month before trying to get pregnant. Then, keep using contraception for a month more after receiving your last MMR vaccine.

If you have received two MMR vaccines earlier, you are not going to need them again. However, if you’re uncertain about it, make an appointment with your physician to learn more about it.

 

Why should you take the MMR vaccine?

Rubella can cause serious problems for pregnant women in addition to affecting the unborn baby. That’s why all pregnant women should take a blood test to ensure their immunity to Rubella.

If your blood test proves you are not immune, there’s a chance you might be at risk of getting Rubella. This occurs when you have not had Rubella before or do not have immunity from previous vaccination.

Offering live vaccines during pregnancy is not suggested. You will receive the measles, mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine instantly after your baby is born.

This way, your future pregnancies will be immune to Rubella, measles, and mumps as well. If your blood test is negative, we recommend you:

 

  • Receive two doses of the MMR vaccine
  • Take the first dose soon after your baby is born
  • Have the second dose four weeks later

 

You should receive two doses of MMR before getting pregnant again. If you are immune to these infections, you won’t pass them onto your unborn child or anybody else.

 

What is the MMR vaccine?

The MMR vaccine contains debilitated measles, mumps, and rubella viruses. The referred vaccine is safe and will preserve you against MMR.

 

What does MMR protect against?

The MMR vaccine preserves you against three infectious viral diseases to cause severe illness. So, it is vital to ensure everyone is fully protected. In addition, the MMR vaccine protects you against the following diseases:

Rubella

Rubella or German measles is often a mild illness, so many people might not have any symptoms. But as it appears, it causes the following symptoms:

  • Short-lived rash
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen glands

Rubella can be extremely severe in pregnancy because the unborn baby can get infected. In addition, it can damage the baby’s hearing, sight, heart, or brain.

It is called congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).

In the early 16 weeks of pregnancy, Rubella can cause CRS in up to nine out of 10 cases. On many occasions, pregnant women get Rubella from children. That’s why all children should get the MMR vaccine at one year of age and before school starts.

Measles

This disease can cause serious illness, especially in infants and the elderly. However, measles can impact all ages, and there is no way to tell who will become ill.

Its symptoms consist of high fever and rash.

The complications it may cause include:

  • Chest infections
  • Fits
  • Encephalitis (swelling of the brain)
  • Miscarriage and severe illness in pregnancy
  • Death in severe cases

Mumps

The symptoms of Mups include:

  • Fever
  • Headaches and pain
  • Swollen glands in the neck, face, and jaw

It can cause swelling of the testicles and the ovaries as well. Severe complications are:

  • Deafness
  • Viral meningitis (inflammation of the brain’s lining)
  • Encephalitis (swelling of the brain)

 

A couple of tips for pregnant women before receiving an MMR vaccine

  • Ensure your vaccines are up-to-date before getting pregnant
  • If you get pregnant, talk to your physician about safe vaccines during pregnancy
  • Vaccinations can enhance your protection from infections harming you and your baby during pregnancy.
  • Vaccines during pregnancy keep your baby safe from disease during the first few months of life.

 

Receive an MMR vaccine in Las Vegas

The Southern Nevada Occupational Health Center can provide you with the safest MMR vaccines to protect you and your baby against Rubella, Mumps, and Measles.

We provide various tests and vaccines to enhance our patients’ safety and health level in Las Vegas. So come to visit us any time you feel you require our help.

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