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
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences students undertaking placement are required to have immunity to rubella. Australian serology indicating immunity to rubella must be submitted via Sonia.