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Rubella

Rubella (sometimes called German measles) is a disease caused by a virus.
It is spread from person-to-person through the air.
Children with rubella usually first break out in a rash. Older children and adults have a mild fever, swollen glands in the neck or behind the ears, and an upper respiratory infection before they develop a rash. Adult women often suffer from aching joints. Many people infected with rubella virus have no symptoms at all.
Rubella can cause miscarriage or serious birth defects if a pregnant woman gets infected.
It is very contagious, so when one person gets infected, it's easy for the disease to spread. Rubella outbreaks still occur around the world.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent rubella.
Rubella Vaccine Schedule
All children should get 2 doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine starting at age 1. Some teens and adults may also need MMR vaccine if they didn't get 2 doses when they were younger.
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Rubella
Rubella
Find fact sheets for parents and children, resources, multimedia, and more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
>> CDC Feature Rubella
Information about Rubella
Information about Rubella
Includes information about the disease, immunization, recommendations, and resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics
KidsHealth Infections: Rubella
KidsHealth Infections: Rubella
About the infection, including signs and symptoms, contagiousness, prevention, incubation, duration and treatment from KidsHealth
A Look at Each Vaccine: MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
A Look at Each Vaccine: MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
Questions and answers about the disease and vaccines from the Vaccine Education Center
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Video Library
Video: MMR Vaccine - Vaccines and Your Baby
MMR Vaccine - Vaccines and Your Baby: The MMR vaccine is a combination of three vaccines in one. This vaccine prevents measles, mumps and rubella.
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Personal Testimonies
Stories of suffering and loss
No rubella stories currently available
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More Rubella Information
Rubella: Make sure your child is protected
Rubella: Make sure your child is protected
Vaccine summary for parents
>> Spanish-language
Rubella: Questions & Answers
Rubella Q&As
Rubella disease and vaccine information
Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby’s Shots
Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby’s Shots
By Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Rubella: Overview for Parents
Overview for Parents
Frequently asked questions
>> Spanish-language
Rubella Fact Sheet
Rubella Fact Sheet
More in-depth information, includes a real-life story
Rubella Photos
Some of the images are quite graphic
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This page was reviewed on March 3, 2014
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The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a non-profit organization, works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. IAC also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies.