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Old 03.03.2015, 18:25
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German Measles / Rubella

Just posting as a heads up, but I have suspected German Measles, Doctors today confirmed that I have a viral infection of some sort and all the other symptoms point to it, further analysis of the blood is being carried and results will be confirmed next week.

If you have been vaccinated then you are all good, if you are however like from the generation before the MMR vaccine and when they only inoculated the girls at school then be aware.

The symptoms are essentially the same as flu but with the addition of a rash, the rash can appear a week before the flu symptoms and you are contagious for a week before the rash appears and at least a week afterwords, so I'm currently under instructions to stay at home as much as possible. Stating the obvious but if you think you have it stay away from pregnant women.

Their may be some virus's you can catch from EF but as far as I know this isn't one of them
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Old 03.03.2015, 20:15
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Re: German Measles / Rubella

Never had it; never been inoculated, either ...... good job I'm not up the duff.

Isn't rubella more likely to be caught by infants, adolescents and yoofs, with the equivalent for older gits, being shingles - which by all accounts, can be pretty nasty?
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Old 03.03.2015, 20:17
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Re: German Measles / Rubella

Shingles is the chicken pox virus, but you are right, not pleasant.
This old git had it a year or so ago.
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Old 03.03.2015, 20:17
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Re: German Measles / Rubella

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Never had it; never been inoculated, either ...... good job I'm not up the duff.

Isn't rubella more likely to be caught by infants, adolescents and yoofs, with the equivalent for older gits, being shingles - which by all accounts, can be pretty nasty?
No, you are thinking of chicken pox.
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Old 03.03.2015, 20:19
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Re: German Measles / Rubella

Yep, I remember now; knew it was one of the childhood illnesses ...... I must be getting old.
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Old 03.03.2015, 20:32
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Re: German Measles / Rubella

And just a heads-up for Americans who were vaccinated between 1963-1967 with the killed vaccine, from the CDC website:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/...-vac-risks.htm


Do people who received measles vaccine in the 1960s need to have their dose repeated?

Not necessarily. People who have documentation of receiving LIVE measles vaccine in the 1960s do not need to be revaccinated. People who were vaccinated prior to 1968 with either inactivated (killed) measles vaccine or measles vaccine of unknown type should be revaccinated with at least one dose of live attenuated measles vaccine. This recommendation is intended to protect those who may have received killed measles vaccine, which was available in 1963-1967 and was not effective.

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If one falls into this category, a discussion with your doctor might be in order.


Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Markarina.
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Old 03.03.2015, 20:36
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Re: German Measles / Rubella

Anyone can catch it, it can be passed along by the breath of people sick from rubella. It is very bad for the baby if you are newly pregnant. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubella
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Re: German Measles / Rubella

It can last for months in adults, and lead to severe arthritis, so all fingers crossed Makarina.
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Never had it; never been inoculated, either ...... good job I'm not up the duff.

Isn't rubella more likely to be caught by infants, adolescents and yoofs, with the equivalent for older gits, being shingles - which by all accounts, can be pretty nasty?
Yeah very rare in adults over 40 (which I am by a good few years) very rare in general
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During 2012, there were around 65 confirmed cases of rubella in England and Wales, an increase from only six cases in 2011. so 56 million people, 65 cases.
Unfortunately for me I specialise in rare conditions, appendix cancer, bad reaction to Fentanyl rather than morphine which most people have the bad reaction to, plus a few other things. The doctors find me "interesting" which my wife says is not a good thing!!
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Old 03.03.2015, 20:49
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Re: German Measles / Rubella

If you had rubella as a kid, or the shot, your doctor can always do an antibody titer to see if you've retained immunity. I had it either at 6 or 12, I can't remember, but had an MMR titer done a few years ago and was still immune.
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Re: German Measles / Rubella

Hi Markarina,
german measels are to be taken very serious. Roeteln is the german term for it. Stay away from children and stay away from pregnant women.

A co-worker in my company was banned from coming to work. She is in a high responsibility job environment, nevertheless she was not aloud to enter the building.

Good luck.
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Hi Markarina,
german measels are to be taken very serious. Roeteln is the german term for it. Stay away from children and stay away from pregnant women.

A co-worker in my company was banned from coming to work. She is in a high responsibility job environment, nevertheless she was not aloud to enter the building.

Good luck.
As stated in my original post I already know about staying away from pregnant women, and the doctors have signed me off work a week.
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Yeah very rare in adults over 40 (which I am by a good few years) very rare in general

Unfortunately for me I specialise in rare conditions, appendix cancer, bad reaction to Fentanyl rather than morphine which most people have the bad reaction to, plus a few other things. The doctors find me "interesting" which my wife says is not a good thing!!
You are in DEEP trouble.
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And just a heads-up for Americans who were vaccinated between 1963-1967 with the killed vaccine, from the CDC website:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/...-vac-risks.htm
Unless I'm completely misreading this, it is talking about measles which is completely different to rubella/german measles
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