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Can rubella be prevented?

Page last updated 28 April 2020

Rubella is a vaccine-preventable disease. 

In Australia, immunisation against rubella is provided as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) as follows:

  • Children at 12 months - the first dose of rubella vaccine is given in combination with measles and mumps (as MMR vaccine)
  • Children at 18 months - the second dose of rubella vaccine is given in combination with measles, mumps and varicella (chickenpox).

If you are male and were born during or after 1966 and do not have evidence of having received two doses of a rubella vaccine, you may not have immunity against the disease and may need an additional dose of the vaccine. 

It is also recommended that any young adolescent or adult who does not have evidence of having received two doses of a rubella vaccine or other evidence of immunity should speak to their doctor about vaccination against rubella.

It is also important that women of child-bearing age are immune to rubella.

For further information regarding vaccination against rubella, speak with your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

2. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Rubella. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/rubella (accessed 19 March 2020).

3. Australian Government. Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook – Rubella. Available at: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/rubella (accessed 19 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0138(1)a - Date of preparation April 2020

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