Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS)
Rubella is a viral disease that is spread through respiratory droplets during coughs and sneezes from an infected person. Women who acquire rubella during pregnancy can transmit the virus to their fetus, causing miscarriage, stillbirth or birth defects (congenital rubella syndrome). Endemic rubella disease has been eliminated in the Americas; however, imported cases can occur. Children in Ontario receive rubella-containing vaccines prior to starting school to prevent the disease.
To obtain or inquire about an immunization record, or for general immunization information, please contact your local public health unit.
PHO Grand Rounds: Measles and varicella maternal antibody waning in Ontario infants
In this presentation, we will outline the epidemiology of measles and varicella. We will also describe a study performed at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to investigate immunity to measles and varicella in infants that are less than 12 months of age.