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Rubella Test

What Affects the Test

There are no factors that would interfere with the test or the accuracy of the results.

What To Think About

  • If a woman who wants to become pregnant has not had rubella, she can receive a shot (vaccination) to help protect her against getting the disease. But she must wait 1 month after she gets the shot before becoming pregnant to fully protect her baby.
  • A woman should not get a rubella shot while she is pregnant, and she should avoid people who have or may have rubella.
  • A rubella virus culture is not often done because it is a more difficult test.
  • Exposure to rubella in the third trimester may not be as serious since the baby (fetus) is fully developed. But these babies can have the infection and be contagious.
  • If congenital rubella is suspected, both the mother and her baby need blood tests.

Citations

  1. Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Other Works Consulted

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2001). Control and prevention of rubella: Evaluation and management of suspected outbreaks, rubella in pregnant women, and surveillance for congenital rubella syndrome. MMWR, 50(RR-12): 1–23.

  • Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

  • Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Current as of August 31, 2012
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Last Updated: August 31, 2012
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