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Rubella is a vaccine preventable disease

Which Diseases Do Vaccines Protect Against?1

The Canadian publicly funded health care system offers protection against 13 vaccine-preventable diseases, TB protection in certain areas and HPV vaccine for older children.

Rubella (German measles)2

Also known as "German measles," rubella is caused by the rubella virus.

While less serious in children than regular measles, rubella can be very dangerous for unborn babies. If unvaccinated pregnant women come in contact with this virus, they are at higher risk for a miscarriage. Babies exposed to rubella in the womb can be born with serious health problems including deafness, blindness, heart or brain damage.

Pregnant women should ensure they have been vaccinated for rubella. A simple blood test can tell whether or not you have received the rubella vaccine.

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. Vaccine-preventable diseases.
    Accessed March 17, 2016.
  2. Public Health Agency of Canada. Rubella. Accessed February 27, 2014.