Rubella (german measles)Overview


Rubella (german measles) is a rare illness that causes a spotty rash. It usually gets better on its own but can be serious if you're pregnant.


Symptoms of rubella include a spotty rash that feels rough, with swollen glands in your neck, aching fingers, wrists or knees and a high temperature.


Rubella usually gets better in about a week. Stay at home, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids until you're feeling better.


The MMR vaccine can protect against rubella. The vaccine is offered on the NHS to all children in the UK.

Page last reviewed: 18/09/2018
Next review due: 18/09/2021