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Rubella (German Measles)


The best way to prevent rubella is to get vaccinated with a rubella containing vaccine. Visit CDC’s 2012 Child & Adolescent Immunization Schedules website details on vaccination schedules.

Rubella vaccine is usually given at 12 months and 4 years of age. Usually it is combined with mumps and measles vaccine (MMR). Two doses of MMR vaccine are very effective at preventing rubella infection throughout life.

Rubella vaccine is required for entry into Iowa public and private schools, as well as licensed child care centers and preschools. Following the Iowa requirements on immunization greatly reduces the risk of children catching rubella.

A person is thought to have rubella will usually be isolated (kept away from other people or public places) for a period of time. Those people who have been exposed to rubella and are thought they may be susceptible to the disease may be quarantined (kept away from other people from day 7 though day 21 after their last exposure).

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