MMR vaccinations

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Registered: 06-28-2003
MMR vaccinations
Sat, 07-19-2003 - 4:29pm
Any think they should have the MMR vaccine before the TTC?

I have had the measles vaccine before. Rubella a long time ago and mumps a while back.

Any thoughts?

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Registered: 04-27-2003
Sat, 07-19-2003 - 4:44pm
I'm pretty sure you only need to have the MMR vaccine once. I had one when I was little, but my records got lost so I had another one just a couple years ago (because school needed it on record that I had them). Tetnus is the one you need to have every 10 years, so if you haven't had that one in a while, I probably would get it just to be safe.



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Registered: 06-28-2003
Sat, 07-19-2003 - 5:16pm
Thanks! I know I have records for rubella shots when I was a kid. In fact, I had a bunch of different shots because I grew up in Southeast Asia and had to have polio, hep B, tuberculosis, etc.

I will check with my obgyn. Have a preconception appt with her on Tuesday.

One more thing... how long do you need to get off BCP before you TTC?

We are planning to TTC Jan 2004 and I am still on BCP. Should I stop now?

If you do stop now, what do you do for BD? Condoms?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 07-19-2003 - 9:33pm
I don't know about MMR, but I'm like Melinda, I had mine a few years ago because my college needed the record, and it had been lost. I also had a tetanus a few years ago when I got my pinky toe sliced open by an opening door (OUCH!). So I didn't ask those questions at my pre-conception appt.

About BCP, my obgyn didn't seem to think it was a big deal to be off the pill very long before TTC. I told her I was taking my last pack, but I don't want to get pg the first month off (we'll probably use condoms or just abstain during ovulation if I can figure that out). She said it wouldn't matter if I did. The only reason I don't want to get pg the first month is because I want to give birth in May rather than April because of turkey hunting season. I've heard others say their dr recommends being off for two months, but I think that's just so you can see how your cycles are when you are off the pill, so it is easier to accurately predict your due date, and so you can make sure nothing is wrong with your cycles before you get pg.

Hope that helps! Good luck with your appt Tuesday! I know you're excited!!

By the way, where in Southeast Asia did you grow up? What were you there for? I love Asia--I visited China in 2000 and loved it!!


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sun, 07-20-2003 - 2:54am
I don't know about MMR, but the Rubella vaccine is strongly recommended for every woman. When you first become pregnant, one of the first tests they do on you is to check for immunity against rubella. Sometimes they check this at pre-conception checkups too, because even if you got the vaccine when you were younger, sometimes it doesn't 'take' and you don't develop immunity (this is what they told me). I got the rubella injection when I was 12, and they checked my immunity when I was pg with dd and I was immune. They check you with every pregnancy, so I'll probably get checked again with #2. If you're pregnant and it's discovered that you're not immune to rubella, they'll tell you to get the vaccination ASAP after giving birth so that you don't have the same problem with your next pregnancy. You can't get vaccinated during pregnancy, obviously.

I have no idea about MMR...I think I had a similar injection when I was a baby. Would I still be immune?

Melinda >> Thanks for reminding me about the tetanus injection! Mine is due *right now* and I'd totally forgotten until you mentioned it! Better go to the dr soon...

Aisha, WTT #2 12/03

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Registered: 06-28-2003
Sun, 07-20-2003 - 10:43am
I grew up in Singapore. I was there till I was 16 and then came to the United States for college. Have been here ever since. My parents and sister and some aunts and uncles still live there. My mom's side of the family is pretty big. I have 5 aunts and 3 uncles. (excluding my mom)

I have never been to China.....maybe some day.

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Registered: 06-28-2003
Sun, 07-20-2003 - 10:45am
You get your tetanus vaccine every 10 years. I got mine in 1998, so I think I am safe for now. I recently got my last shot of Hepatitis A..but you don't need that, I don't think.