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Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Rubella (German Measles)

The Disease

Rubella is a viral disease that causes fever and rash.  It is spread by contact with an infected person, through coughing and sneezing

The Vaccine

Rubella vaccine is administered through the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) or by the MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella) vaccine.

Who Should get Vaccinated?

Children should be given the first dose of MMR vaccine soon after the first birthday (12 to 15 months of age). The second dose is recommended before the start of the kindergarten.

North Carolina Requirements

Children and individuals enrolling in school, college or a university for the first time are required to have one doses of rubella vaccine in North Carolina.

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