Every five minutes, a baby is born with CRS.
Rubella is the leading infectious disease cause of birth defects. When a pregnant woman becomes infected during her first trimester of pregnancy, there is a 90% chance her baby will be born with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), if the baby survives at all. A baby born with CRS can have multiple defects including heart disorders, blindness, deafness, or brain damage.
For just $2.00, measles and rubella can be prevented with a safe, effective and inexpensive vaccine which can be delivered alone, combined, or as the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. This is why, while you may be familiar with the effects of measles, it is also important to learn about the effects of rubella, and the additional children whose deaths and illnesses are prevented with the combined vaccine.
One dose of rubella vaccine is over 95% effective and protects a person for life. The Measles & Rubella Initiative along with Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance), are working hard to introduce rubella-containing vaccine in countries around the world. Thanks in large part to these efforts, rubella has been eliminated from The Americas since 2015, but still remains in countries around the world, with six – India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia – accounting for half of all children born with CRS.