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 the Department of Health to see the National Immunisation Program Schedule.
Vaccination is your best protection against rubella. This table explains how the vaccine is given, who should get it, and whether it is on the National Immunisation Program Schedule. Some diseases can be prevented with different vaccines, so talk to your doctor about which one is appropriate for you.
|What age is it recommended?||
At 12 months and 18 months.
Anyone older who has not had 2 doses of the vaccine previously.
|How many doses are required?||2|
|How is it administered?||Injection|
|Is it free?||
Free for children at 12 and 18 months, and at 4 if they didn’t receive both doses.
Free for people under 20 years old, refugees and other humanitarian entrants of any age.
For everyone else, there is a cost for this vaccine.
Find out more on the Department of Health website and the National Immunisation Program Schedule, and ask your doctor if you are eligible for additional free vaccines based on your situation or location.
|Common side effects||The vaccine is very safe. Possible side effects include fever, rash and feeling unwell.|
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.
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Last reviewed: April 2019