CHILDRENS PROBLEMS: RUBELLA (GERMAN MEASLES)

Rubella or German measles is an innocuous infection causing a mild fever, lethargy and a characteristic rash. This rash initially starts on the face and neck, spreads to the trunk and limbs, is characteristically bright red and is often accompanied by rose-coloured spots on the palate and the throat. The rash usually lasts a few days and may be associated with stiff’ joints and swollen glands. The true diagnosis can only be made through confirmation of a blood test, but most Gps are experienced enough to make a clinical diagnosis. The virus may be contracted and incubated for 14-21 days and the patient is infectious for about one week before and up to one week after the appearance of the rash. In principle, however, German measles is not a problem to an individual.

The danger with rubella is that, more than most viruses, it has an ability to cause malformation in the developing foetus. This makes it a dangerous infection to contract whilst pregnant. The orthodox world with its predilection for vaccination and its disregard of the possibility of risks or dangers associated with this form of treatment used to encourage all teenage girls to have a rubella vaccination. Recently, in a vain attempt to eradicate the disease, all children between the age of five and years are automatically being given rubella vaccinations in combination with measles and mumps. This MMR vaccine is discussed and vilified in the section on vaccinations .

RECOMMENDATION

Seriously consider the need to vaccinate your children but, for rubella in particular, girls reaching the age of procreation can have a blood test to check for immunity (very often the infection is contracted unknowingly in earlier years) and if natural immunity has been formed no further action need be taken. If not immune, then the vaccination should be considered .

Treatment for the symptoms of rubella is similar to that of measles .

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