Meruvax II vaccine is used to prevent infection from rubella virus. It works by introducing a small dose of the virus into your child’s body which causes the body to make antibodies (protection) against this virus.
It does not cure the active infection that has already developed in the body. It may not provide protection from diseases in every person. Rubella is a serious disease caused by a virus. It spread from person to person through the air.
This vaccine is recommended for all children above 12 months of age and older. Below 12 months of age, infant is protected by his/her mother antibodies.
Rubella vaccination is important for employees in medical facilities, adolescents and adult men, persons traveling outside the U.S., all children 12 months of age and older, including school-aged children and especially women of child bearing age.
It is available in the powder (for solution) or injectable form only with your doctor’s prescription.
To use Meruvax II properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. It is given as an injection into your skin by your doctor or health care professional in hospital or clinic.
It is different for different patients. Dosage mentioned below is an average dose. You must follow your doctor’s instructions.
Adults and children 12 months of age and older: One dose injected under the skin.
4 Precautions to Take
In using Meruvax II, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. Make sure you do not become pregnant for 3 months after getting this vaccine as it is known to cause birth defects. One should use a very effective form of birth control method.
The result of TB skin test is affected if you have received this vaccine within 8 weeks of this test. Inform your doctor if you are receiving any other live vaccine within 1 months of receiving rubella vaccine.
You should inform your doctor before receiving blood or gamma globulin transfusion within 2 weeks of receiving this vaccine.
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