More about Rubella and ITS Prevention

Cause

Rubella is a common and contagious disease caused by a virus that occurs most often in children and young adults

Impact

Rubella infection just before conception and in early pregnancy may result in miscarriage, foetal death or congenital defects known as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).

Prevention

Vaccination helps to protect against Rubella along with other means like handwashing, proper disposal of tissues and avoiding contact with infected persons.

Age of vaccination

9 months onwards. Consult your doctor.

Rubella

What is Rubella?

  • Rubella: Rubella is a common and contagious disease caused by a virus that occurs most often in children and young adults.

How is Rubella transmitted?

Rubella spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Also, if a woman is infected with rubella while she is pregnant, she can pass it to her developing baby and cause serious harm.

What are symptoms and complications of Rubella?

Rubella causes fever, sore throat, rash, headache and red itchy eyes. If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious birth defects.

How can I protect my child against Rubella?

The spread of these diseases can be prevented by the following:

  • Vaccination
  • Limiting/avoiding contact with infected persons
  • Hand washing
  • Proper disposal of tissues

What do I need to know about Rubella vaccination?

  • Rubella vaccine can be taken at any age above 9 months.
  • Consult your doctor for more information on vaccination against rubella.
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