If you have rubella, you should:
- stay off work for 6 days from the start of the rash
- keep your child off school for 4 days from the start of their rash
- avoid any contact with pregnant women for at least a week after the start of the rash.
How is rubella prevented?
Rubella is a vaccine preventable disease.
Your child will receive the first immunisation dose of MMR at 12 months and a second dose at 18 months (MMRV). Visit Immunise Australia to see the National Immunisation Program Schedule.
Some parents are concerned that the MMR vaccine is associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but this association has been totally discredited. If you have any concerns, you can discuss them with your doctor. Further information on immunisation can be found on the Pregnancy, Birth and Baby website.
Last reviewed: July 2017