MMR Vaccine

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Registered: 05-03-2003
MMR Vaccine
Wed, 05-14-2003 - 4:54am
Hi I was wondering if after I had the mmr vaccine they say wait 3 months until u get pregnant but, I was wondering if I got pg on the 3rd month after the vaccine would it do anything? I have read about it everywhere and there are no signs of it doing any damage to the fetus or baby ever in History and also there is a study on it that it should not even be considered to be on the list not to get pg cause it does no damage can someone please answer and let me know some info please thank you

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: virgogurl2003
Wed, 05-14-2003 - 11:46am
No one can answer that question for you, lots of unknowns in this area. If possible, put off getting pregnant as long as possible.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: virgogurl2003
Wed, 05-14-2003 - 12:38pm
Hi Virgo and congrats on your pregnancy (I am guessing ;0)! Don't worry about the MMR vaccination if it was longer than 2 months ago. The virus in the vaccine does not multiply the same way as the wild virus does and there is absolutely NO indication that the MMR vaccine given two months before a pregnancy can harm your baby. This is what the MMR II vaccine brochure says specifically about pregnancy:

"In counseling women who are inadvertently vaccinated when pregnant or who become

pregnant within 3 months of vaccination, the physician should be aware of the following: (1) In a

10 year survey involving over 700 pregnant women who received rubella vaccine within 3 months

before or after conception (of whom 189 received the Wistar RA 27/3 strain), none of the

newborns had abnormalities compatible with congenital rubella syndrome;48 (2) Mumps infection

during the first trimester of pregnancy may increase the rate of spontaneous abortion. Although

mumps vaccine virus has been shown to infect the placenta and fetus, there is no evidence that it

causes congenital malformations in humans;37 and (3) Reports have indicated that contracting

natural measles during pregnancy enhances fetal risk. Increased rates of spontaneous abortion,

stillbirth, congenital defects and prematurity have been observed subsequent to natural measles

during pregnancy.57,58 There are no adequate studies of the attenuated (vaccine) strain of

measles virus in pregnancy. However, it would be prudent to assume that the vaccine strain of

virus is also capable of inducing adverse fetal effects."

In other words, even in mothers who had received the MMR DURING pregnancy, no embryopathy was observed. The rest are cautionary statements to cover their behinds given how law suit happy Americans are ;0)

HTH, all the best