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Rubella (German Measles)



Rubella vaccine is used to induce immunity against rubella virus that causes rubella (also known as german measles, is a common disease in children and young adults causing fever with rash). It is available as a combination vaccine - Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR). 

How it works

Rubella vaccine belongs to a class of drugs called as vaccines. It works by activating the immune system to produce antibodies (specific immune compounds) against rubella virus thereby providing immunity from future infections.

Common side effects

Pharyngitis, Fever, Rash


Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have received immunoglobulin or underwent blood transfusion in last 3 months.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any immune system diseases like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, or if you are taking medicines that affect your immune system as the decision for vaccination will depend upon your immune responses.
  • Women of child-bearing age who have not received 2 doses of a rubella-containing vaccine or who do not have a positive antibody test for rubella should take rubella immunisation. However pregnancy should be excluded. 
  • Exercise caution in children with a history of cerebral injury or fits or thrombocytopenia (deficiency of platelets in the blood).  
  • Avoid pregnancy for 3 months following vaccination with measles, mumps, rubella, and/or varicella vaccines.  
  • Do not take if patient is allergic to rubella vaccine or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not given to patients with family history of congenital or hereditary immunodeficiency. 
  • Do not given to patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)