Rubella (german measles)Overview

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

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.

treatments_overview

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.

prevention

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