The rubella vaccine is contained in the MMR vaccine and will prevent the disease. The MMR vaccine contains live, weakened rubella virus in addition to vaccines to protect against measles and mumps.
MMR vaccination is recommended at ages 12-15 months. A supplementary dose is advised when children are 4-6 years old — before kindergarten or 1st grade.
For unvaccinated women who may become pregnant, a rubella vaccination before they become pregnant is crucial to avert the risk of serious birth defects that may occur if rubella is contracted during pregnancy.