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Rubella Test

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Also known as: German Measles; Three-day Measles; 3-day Measles
Formal name: Rubella Antibodies, IgM and IgG

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine if you have sufficient rubella antibodies to protect you from the rubella virus; to verify a past infection or detect a recent infection

When to Get Tested?

Prior to or at the beginning of a pregnancy to verify immunity; when a pregnant woman has symptoms of rubella, such as fever and rash; when a newborn shows signs of abnormal development or birth defects that may be caused by an in utero infection; whenever there is need to verify a recent rubella infection or to verify immunity

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm of an adult or blood drawn from a heelprick or from the umbilical cord of a newborn

Test Preparation Needed?

None