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Rubella, also known as German measles, is caused by the rubella virus and is contagious. It is usually a mild illness but can be serious at times. For more information about rubella, see HealthLinkBC File #14d Rubella.
There are 2 vaccines available in British Columbia that provide protection against rubella. The Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine and the Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (MMRV) vaccine. These are provided free as part of the children’s routine immunization schedule and to certain older children or adults. For more information about the vaccines, see HealthLink BC File #14a Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine, HealthLinkBC File #14e Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (MMRV) Vaccine or visit Immunize BC.
For more information about routine immunizations, visit HealthLink BC - B.C. Immunization Schedules.
Current as of: May 27, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & W. David Colby IV MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease & Christine Hahn MD - Epidemiology