Rubella (German Measles)

Rubella is a contagious disease caused by virus.  Most people contacting rubella usually have a mild illness, with symptoms such as a low-grade fever, sore throat, or a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.  Rubella can cause a miscarriage or serious birth defects in a developing baby if a woman is infected while pregnant.

 

What can you do to protect yourself from Rubella?

For Travelers

– Make sure you are fully vaccinated or protected against rubella.

– Otherwise, you should consult healthcare providers and get vaccinated 2 weeks prior to traveling.

– MMR vaccination is given to adults as 2 doses, with the second given at least 4 weeks after the first.  (Vaccine requires 2 weeks after the first dose to become fully effective.)

In Pregnancy

– Pregnant women should not get MMR vaccine as it can be harmful to the foetus.

– Women should avoid getting pregnant for 4 weeks after MMR vaccination.

– Pregnant women should avoid traveling to rubella-endemic countries if not protected against it, through either vaccination or previous rubella infection.

– If necessary, pregnant women should follow the advice given to all travelers and take extra precautions when traveling during this outbreak.

For Children

     – Children aged less than 9 months should avoid traveling to rubella-endemic countries as the MMR vaccine in Thailand can only be administered since 9 months of age.

 

*For those who have plan to travel to Japan during this outbreak, it is recommended to get vaccinated at least 2 weeks before traveling.

 

(Ref. Department of Disease Control, October 2018)