Rubella (German Measles) is a highly contagious viral illness with symptoms very similar to rubeola (red measles, commonly referred to simply as "measles") but differs in the severity of symptoms and length of illness. The most serious threat of rubella is to the pregnant female who has never had rubella. If exposed to rubella, she can contract the disease which can cause serious problems for the unborn baby.

  • How do I know if I'm immune? You are considered immune if you have had a rubella-containing vaccine after your first birthday, or if you have had a blood test showing that you are immune to rubella.
  • What if I'm not immune? If a blood test shows you are non-immune, meaning you do not have immunity to rubella, the MMR vaccine is needed.

Additional information:

Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)

Keywords: MMR, Rubella, immunization, inoculation, shot, vaccination