Pediatric Rubella in Emergency Medicine Follow-up

Updated: May 03, 2017
  • Author: Pamela L Dyne, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

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  • Arrange follow-up care with the patient's primary physician.
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Deterrence/Prevention

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  • As a physician, emphasizing the safety of the MMR vaccine to patients is important. [10, 11]
    • A study by Siberry et al of 428 children with perinatal HIV infection and 221 HIV-exposed but uninfected children found that only 57% of the children with perinatal HIV infection showed immunity for measles, 65% for rubella and 59% for mumps, compared to 99%, 98%, and 97% respectively in the HIV-exposed but uninfected group. [12]
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Prognosis

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  • Beyond the fetal period, rubella is generally benign and self-limiting and without complications.
  • Infants born with congenital rubella syndrome may have a variety of complications; therefore, their prognosis depends on the severity of their malformations.
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Patient Education

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