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Rubella (German Measles) Vaccination

Pronounced (rue-BELL-a)

At a Glance

Rubella vaccination

The rubella vaccine is a live attenuated (weakened) virus which is usually given as part of the MMR vaccine (protecting against measles, mumps, and rubella). MMR is recommended at 12-15 months (not earlier) and a second dose when the child is 4-6 years old (before kindergarten or 1st grade).

Rubella vaccination is particularly important for non-immune women who may become pregnant because of the risk for serious birth defects if they acquire the disease during pregnancy

 

What You Should Know

About the Disease

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Vaccine Information

Rubella can be prevented by the combination vaccine: MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella). In 2005, a combination MMRV (measles-mumps-rubella-varicella) vaccine was licensed.

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Beliefs & Concerns

Autism Theory
Other concerns

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Vaccine Safety

As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or a vague feeling of discomfort.

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Who Should Not be Vaccinated?

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For Health Professionals

Clinical Information on Rubella

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Vaccine Recommendations

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References and Resources

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Provider Education

  • Podcasts
    Immunization-related podcasts; none specifically on rubella

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Materials for Patients

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