Rubella Travel Vaccine
Rubella, which is more commonly know as the German measles, is a viral infection that mainly affects children. It used to be a common disease, however due to the UK national vaccination schedule it is now rare. Signs and symptoms of rubella include skin rash and spots on the skin, high temperature, swollen glands, cold and flu-like symptoms and aches and pains. Most people recover after a short period of time, however the swollen glands may last for a few weeks.
Rubella is a serious illness for women who are in the first 20 weeks of their pregnancy as it can cause complications in the development of the baby including brain damage, heart problems, hearing problems and eye problems.
Rubella is given as part of the combined Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine and is given to most people in the UK as part of the national vaccination schedule. It is given to children routinely usually when they are around 13 months old with a booster prior to school.
Rubella is now a relatively rare disease due to comprehensive vaccination programmes in the UK and other developed countries throughout the world. There are however outbreaks from time-to-time.
Mumps is spread through coughs and sneezes from infected people. The virus lives in the small droplets of the sneeze of those infected and people catch it by breathing in these droplets.
The Rubella Vaccine is part of the UK national vaccination schedule and should be given to all children prior to starting school. If you however need a booster or are a non-immune adult, you should always try and come and see a travel nurse at least six weeks prior to travelling.
The MMR vaccine is part of the UK national vaccination schedule and is given to babies at around 13 months as well as a booster prior to beginning school. It is not suitable however for babies under the age of 6 months. Older children and adults who have not been given this vaccination as part of the national schedule and are therefore non-immune can have a catch up course of two injections.
If you are planning on getting pregnant, you may be advised to get the MMR vaccination should you not have received on in the past. The MMR vaccination is however not suitable for women who are pregnant or who are to become pregnant a month after the vaccination.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine Facts and Figures
- Disease: Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
- Vaccine name: MMR Vax Pro
- Property: Combined live vaccine
- Administration: By injection, IM route (deltoid)
- Dose: 0.5ml pre-filled syringe
- Course: 2 doses ( > 1 month apart)
- Booster: No booster following the primary course of 2 doses
- Side effects: Local reaction, pain, redness, inflammation, flu like symptoms, GI disturbance, rash. (commonly one week following vaccination)
- Special instructions. Wait three months before giving MMR after blood transfusion or immunoglobulin administration.
- Avoid pregnancy for at least one moth after vaccination
- Contains gelatin.
- Note: We do not use or stock individual vaccinations.
- MMR is given as part of the national childhood immunisation schedule, its includes two doses. Un-immunised travellers going to areas where measles is endemic should receive the vaccine
Our London Travel Clinics
All 3 of our centrally located travel clinics are convenient for people living and working in London. Liverpool Street, London Bridge and High St Kensington. We are open early morning, lunchtime, evening and weekends and provide all of the vaccinations and medications that you need.