Rubella Information for Pregnant Women

In 2012, MMR vaccine was recommended for women who are planning pregnancy or for those who have had a baby to protect them from Rubella.

During pregnancy immunity to rubella is checked routinely. If a mother is not immune to rubella, MMR vaccine is recommended after the pregnancy.

MMR vaccine given after pregnancy provides protection against rubella infection in any subsequent pregnancies.

MMR vaccination is only required if women do not have documentation of having had at least one MMR vaccine in the past.

The MMR vaccine is safe to give while you are breastfeeding.

The MMR is a live vaccine and pregnancy must be avoided for one month following vaccination.

The following materials were circulated to GP practices and Maternity Hospitals.

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This page was updated on 9 December 2021