Rubella (German Measles)

What is Rubella?

Rubella, or German measles, is a highly contagious viral illness. It is spread by respiratory droplets during coughing, sneezing and talking. You might have symptoms such as rash with skin redness or inflammation, low grade fever, slight sore throat, joint aches, headaches and loss of appetite.

Who is at risk?

The most serious threat of rubella is to pregnant unimmunized women and individuals with immune system impairment.

How do I know if I’m immune?

You are considered to be immune if you have had rubella, or had a rubella vaccine in the past. If you are not sure, you will have blood work done to determine your immunity.

What if I’m not immune?

If you are found to be non-immune, you should contact your family physician to have the Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR) vaccine administered.

What work restrictions would I have if I had the disease?

Because it is often difficult to determine who is at risk, people with rubella should be isolated from other individuals for at least one week after symptoms appear.