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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31824df256
Prevention of Infection in the Obstetric Patient

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

WHITE, SARAH J. PhD*,†; BOLDT, KRISTI L. MD; HOLDITCH, SARA J. BS§; POLAND, GREGORY A. MD*,†; JACOBSON, ROBERT M. MD*,∥

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Abstract

Measles, mumps, and rubella are viral diseases that may adversely affect nonimmune pregnant women and their fetuses/neonates. Prevention of these diseases and their complications can be achieved through measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination before pregnancy. The vaccine is contraindicated during pregnancy, because it contains live, attenuated viruses that pose a theoretical risk to the fetus. However, accidental receipt of MMR vaccination is not known to cause maternal/fetal complications. MMR immunization is recommended to nonimmune obstetric patients upon completion or termination of pregnancy.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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