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Rubella (German measles)

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Rubella is a viral infection which is sometimes called German measles. It is usually a mild illness. However it can cause serious harm to an unborn baby if a woman gets it during early pregnancy.

For this reason it is strongly recommended that all children are immunised against rubella. In South Australia these immunisations are given at 12 months and 18 months in combination with other vaccines (MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chicken pox)). 

Rubella is now rare in countries such as Australia because of immunisation, but it is still a common cause of miscarriages and stillbirth, congenital blindness, deafness and heart problems in countries where immunisation is not available.

More information

Raising Children Network 

Department of Health, South Australia 


Have a look at our topic 'Immunisation' for more information.

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