Rubella Vaccine Type | Usage | Precautions | Side Effects
- Rubella or German Measles is caused by Rubella virus, an RNA virus of the Togaviridae family.
- It most commonly affects young children. If contracted during pregnancy, Rubella can cause serious birth defects in the newborn.
- Rubella vaccine is used in combination with Measles and Mumps vaccines as MMR. Another vaccine available is MMRV (Measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella).
- See Measles vaccine for information regarding MMR and MMRV.
- Pregnant women: All women of child-bearing age need protection against Rubella, because it can cause serious fetal congenital anomalies including cardiac defects.
- See Measles vaccine for use of MMR/MMRV vaccine during pregnancy and other uses.