The most common rubella vaccine side effects are fever and a mild rash. There are also reports of severe side effects like seizures, thrombocytopenia, allergic reactions, and even death.
How is the vaccine given?
Can the vaccine cause rubella?
What are common side effects of the rubella vaccine?
What are severe side effects of the rubella vaccine?
What other side effects have been reported?
Can rubella vaccines cause a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)?
Can I file a rubella vaccine lawsuit?
Where can I get more information?
The only rubella vaccine on the market in the United States is a combination vaccine called M-M-R-II® (Measles-Mumps-Rubella Live Virus Vaccine) that is manufactured by Merck & Co. This immunization is also known as the MMR vaccine.
Two doses of the M-M-R II vaccine against rubella are recommended for children, with the first dose between the ages of 12-15 months and the second dose between 4-6 years old. The vaccine is given as an injection (shot) in the upper arm or thigh.
The rubella vaccine is a live attenuated vaccine, which means it contains a live rubella virus that is much weaker than normal. Some children develop a mild illness similar to rubella, with symptoms like fever, skin rash, and feeling sick for a few days.
- Injection-site pain, redness, swelling, or lump
- Skin rash
- Joint or muscle pain (mostly teenagers and adults)
- Nausea or vomiting
Tell your doctor if you develop severe side effects of the rubella vaccine, such as a high fever, easy bruising or bleeding, mental or mood changes (such as confusion).
About 1 in 3,000 children who get the MMR vaccine develop a high fever that causes a seizure, also known as a febrile seizure.
About 1 in 30,000 children who get the MMR vaccine develop thrombocytopenia, a temporary condition that causes low blood platelet count, abnormal bruising and bleeding under the skin.
Less than 1 in 1,000,000 children who get the MMR vaccine develop a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
There are reports of children who suffered deafness, coma, deceased consciousness, or long-term seizure disorders after receiving the rubella vaccine. These side effects are so rare that it is unknown if they were caused by the vaccine.
The M-M-R II vaccine has been linked to reports of the following side effects:
- Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
- Allergic reaction
- Atypical rubella
- Bronchial spasm
- Diabetes mellitus
- Ear infection (otitis meida)
- Erythema multiforme
- Facial swelling
- Febrile seizures (high fever causing seizure)
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
- Lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes)
- Rubella inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE)
- Neurological disorders
- Ocular palsies
- Optic neuritis
- Pneumonia and pneumonitis
- Rash (rubella-like rash)
- Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)
- Sore throat
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
- Syncope (fainting)
- Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE)
- Transverse myelitis
Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) is a rare but serious side effect of any vaccine that is injected with a needle into the shoulder area. SIRVA can cause permanent pain, inflammation, muscle weakness, and limited flexibility of the arm.
Our lawyers are evaluating rubella vaccine lawsuits for anyone who was diagnosed with a shoulder injury (SIRVA) from the MMR vaccine.