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Rubella Vaccine

Author: Dr. Aimee Dmytryshyn, MedSchoolForParents.com Expert
Rubella, also known as German Measles, has been almost eliminated worldwide, especially in the developed world. Generally it is a mild disease that goes unnoticed; however, it poses great risk for pregnant women.
General Symptoms (last 1-3 days)


  • Red Rash
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Joint pain
  • Fever


Complications for Pregnancy:


  • Miscarriage
  • Still birth
  • Malformations of the heart and eyes
  • Deafness
  • Mental retardation
  • Permanent brain damage


The Vaccine


  • A live attenuated vaccine, given in combination with rubella and mumps
  • Forms immunity in 97% of people
  • A child is given two doses, one at 1 year of age and the other at 15 months.
  • Very rare serious adverse events
  • Common symptoms from vaccine: rash, swollen lymph nodes and joint pain 1-3 weeks after administration.


Updated: 03/08/2017

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