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Rubella vaccine is included in combination vaccines such as:
- MMR vaccine, containing vaccine for rubella as well as measles vaccine and mumps vaccine
- MMRV vaccine, containing vaccine for rubella as well as measles, mumps and varicella vaccine
The rubella vaccine should also be administered to non-pregnant females who have tested nonimmune or have a rubella titer less than 1:10. It is contraindicated during pregnancy and if low titre is found during pregnancy, it should be administered only after delivery in order to protect the future pregnancies. It is also advisible to avoid becoming pregnant for the 4 weeks following the administration of the vaccine.
It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, a list of the most important medication needed in a basic health system.
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