Rubella, also know as 'German Measles', is caused by the virus,
Rubivirus. The main symptoms of rubella are a red
rash, swollen glands and, occasionally, joint pain.
Rubella is generally a mild disease, with about half the people
infected not having any obvious symptoms. However, rubella
infection during pregnancy can lead to serious abnormalities in the
developing baby. These can include deafness, blindness, heart
defects and intellectual disabilities. The main reason for
vaccinating against rubella is to prevent spread of the disease to
Rubella is rare in Australia because of the widespread use of
rubella vaccination. It is however, important to continue
vaccinating against rubella to prevent the spread of infection to
The content of this website is currently under review.
General vaccination recommendations listed on this site may not
fully reflect the most recent advice in the 10th Edition of the
Australian Immunisation Handbook, which was released in April 2013.
Please speak to your healthcare professional for individual