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Rubella

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by Carson-DeWitt R

(German Measles; 3-Day Measles)

 

Symptoms

Many people with rubella do not have symptoms. In those that have them, symptoms are usually mild and include:
Upper respiratory symptoms and fatigue occur first, followed by the rash.
Babies whose mothers have rubella during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, can be born with severe birth defects known as congenital rubella syndrome, which can cause:
 

Prevention

The rubella vaccine is often given as a combination vaccine with:
The regular schedule for giving the vaccine is at age 12-15 months and again at age 4-6 years. If you or your child has never been vaccinated against rubella, talk to the doctor.
Women who are not sure if they have been vaccinated should be tested. This is very important if they are in occupations with high risk of exposure to rubella, such as:
  • Healthcare workers
  • Teachers
  • Childcare workers
 

RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov

Immunization Action Coalition
http://www.immunize.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

About Kids Health—The Hospital for Sick Children
http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca

Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca

 

References


Rubella. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 28, 2014. Accessed August 27, 2014.


Rubella. World Health Organization website. Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs367/en. Updated July 2012. Accessed August 27, 2014.


Rubella (German measles, three-day measles). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/rubella. Updated February 4, 2009. Accessed August 27, 2014.


Rubella (German measles). Nemours Kids Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/skin/german%5Fmeasles.html. Updated July 2012. Accessed August 27, 2014.


Rubella (German measles or three-day measles). New York State Department of Health website. Available at: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/rubella/fact%5Fsheet.htm. Updated January 2012. Accessed August 27, 2014.

 

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