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What is it and how do we get it:

German measles, also known as rubella, is a viral infection. The infection can spread from person to person through contact with droplets from an infected person's sneeze or cough

Symptoms of Rubella:

It is also associated with swollen glands around the head and neck a high temperature (fever), cold-like symptoms such as a cough and runny nose, painful joints. Also, it is associated with a red-pink rash. It consists of a number of small spots, which may be slightly itchy. The rash usually starts behind the ears before spreading around the head and neck. It may then spread to the chest and tummy (the trunk), and legs and arms. The incubation period varies from 12 to 23 days (average, 14 days).

Rubella, is highly infectious conditions that can have serious, and potentially fatal, complications, including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness.

It is very important pregnant women be treated immediately if contracted Rubella. This is because the rubella virus can disrupt the development of the baby and cause a wide range of health problems.

Childhood/ Routine Immunization program in the United Kingdom:

It is given in two doses – the first when the child is one year old, followed by a second booster dose before they start school, at three years and four months ( so, in total 2 doses). Rubella vaccine is given in the form of MMR vaccination containing other antigens i.e Mumps and Measles.

Travellers going to destinations with Rubella outbreaks:

Travellers who had 2 full doses before You are good to go but depending on destination you might want to have a booster
Travellers who had only 1 dose before Should have an extra dose before departure
Travellers not sure if they had any doses before They should be given 2 doses each one month apart
Travellers not sure if they had any doses before and they can’t wait one month to They should get the initial dose, and even though it doesn’t give them maximum protection, but at least it
receive two full doses is better than receiving nothing

Inclusion and Exclusion list:

For patients above age of 1. There are inclusion and exclusion list that will be discussed with you during your appointment. You will be asked to fill in an assessment form with all your vaccination history details as well as any medical condition. Also we will go through any allergic reactions you might have. You can download the form here or fill it in during your appointment.

Name of the Vaccines subject to availabilities:

Name of the Vaccine Type of Vaccine Schedule (see notes above) Price per schedule including consultation
Priorix Live Attenuated 2 doses £56
MMRVAXPRO Live Attenuated 2 doses £56

Side effects:

Injection site reactions are common and include redness, pain and swelling. Other common adverse effects include upper respiratory tract infection, malaise, rash, pain and fever. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet given to you at the end of your session.

This vaccine is contraindicated for pregnant women.

Please visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx, after putting your destinations, this website will advise you which vaccines are needed. This website is regularly updated and is authorised by NHS.

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