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Treatment and prevention of rubella

Rubella treatment

There is no specific treatment for the rubella infection. The condition is usually mild and improves without treatment, and symptoms often disappear within 7-10 days.

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.

Rubella vaccination is recommended as part of routine childhood immunisation. The vaccine is given in combination with the measles and mumps vaccine. This is known as the 'MMR' vaccine.

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

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