Rubella (also known as German measles) is caused by infection with a virus. Infection is usually mild, but can cause serious damage to unborn babies. Immunisation is recommended and provided free for all children at 12 months and 18 months of age. 

All women planning pregnancy should have their immunity checked.

Further information

For further information please see the fact sheet or contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.

Page Updated: Wednesday 15 March 2017