Find & Manage Your Patient Assistance Programs
Estimated patient savings $600,000,000.00
MERUVAX II
RUBELLA VIRUS VACCINE - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

RUBELLA VIRUS VACCINE - INJECTION

(rew-BELL-uh vack-SEEN)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Meruvax II

Uses

This medication is a vaccine against rubella virus (German measles). It is given to prevent or control outbreaks of rubella.

How To Use

This medication is given by injection under the skin by a health care professional as a one time dose. Adults usually receive the injection in the upper arm and children receive it in the upper thigh muscle.

Side Effects

Most common is burning or stinging at the injection site. Mild fever, rash, sore throat, headache and weakness occur infrequently. If any of these effects continue beyond two days or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: high fever, breathing trouble, muscle or joint aches. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: other illnesses, infections, blood disorders, any allergies. This medication should not be given during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Because this medication appears in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, including: steroids, anticancer medications, immunosuppressants. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

The rubella vaccine is recommended as part of the immunization schedule to be given at 15 months of age. It is usually combined with the mumps and measles vaccine as a single dose. Do not inject intravenously or use nasally. It is important to understand the risks and benefits of vaccinations. Discuss them with your doctor.

Missed Dose

It is recommended to receive each vaccination as scheduled. Be sure to make a note in your medical history of when the vaccination was last given. This is usually given as a one time dose. As with most medications, do not "double-up" the dose if a dose is missed.

Storage

This medication is stored in the refrigerator as directed.