Rubella (German measles) is a viral illness that causes a skin rash and joint pain. It is a mild infection for most people and often shows no symptoms, but it can have serious consequences for an unborn baby. If a pregnant woman contracts rubella, her baby is at risk of severe and permanent birth defects or death.
Immunisation is the best way to prevent rubella. Previous infection usually provides lifelong immunity for most people, and a vaccine is available combined with measles and mumps protection.
Requirements for students
The Victorian Standardised Student Induction Protocol requires that students have immunity to rubella when undertaking clinical placement.
The following documentation is accepted as evidence of immunity to rubella:
- Official vaccination record from a medical practitioner or Medicare indicating administration of two doses of MMR vaccine; or
- Serology report indicating immunity to rubella; or
- Government-issued documentation confirming a birth date prior to 1966.
Due to the risk of non-seroconversion from vaccination, the University recommends that all students obtain confirmation of immunity through serological testing prior to commencing placement.