Rubella infection in early pregnancy can cause serious harm to the unborn baby.
The rubella vaccine is combined with the mumps and measles vaccine (MMR vaccine), so a person can receive protection from several diseases with one shot.
Over 97% of individuals develop immunity after one dose of rubella vaccine.
Who should get the MMR vaccine?
The MMR vaccine is provided free as part of your child’s routine immunizations. The MMR vaccine is given to children as a series of 2 doses. The first dose is given at 12 months of age. As of January 1, 2012, the second dose of the vaccine was moved from 18 months of age to 4 to 6 years of age. For children who also need protection against chickenpox (varicella), the 2nd dose of vaccine can be given as the combined measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV) vaccine.
The MMR vaccine is also provided free to the following people:
The MMR vaccine is safe. It is much safer the get the vaccine than to get measles, mumps or rubella.
For more information about the vaccine, including the benefits, possible reactions after the vaccine and who should not get the vaccine, see the HealthLinkBC files:
Due to routine childhood immunization programs, it is quite rare to have cases of childhood Rubella disease.
For more information on this disease, see the rubella (14d) HealthLink BC File
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