CDC Pink Book on Rubella

CDC Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases- Chapter 14: Rubella

Package Inserts (Rubella)

Rubella Information

Information Sheet- Observed rate of Vaccine Reactions; Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccines

Using the combined vaccine for protection of children against measles, mumps, and rubella (Cochrane 2012)


“The human DNA from the vaccine can be randomly inserted into the recipient’s genes by homologous recombination, a process that occurs spontaneously only within a species. Hot spots for DNA insertion are found on the X chromosome in eight autism-associated genes involved in nerve cell synapse formation, central nervous system development, and mitochondrial function (Deisher, 2010). This could provide some explanation of why autism is predominantly a disease of boys. Taken together, these data support the hypothesis that residual human DNA in some vaccines might cause autism.” Journal of Immunotoxicology, Volume 8, Issue 1 (2011)

“Before the introduction of rubella immunisation, there were as many as 70 cases of Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) during epidemic years; the ratio of therapeutic abortions to cases of CRS was approximately 10:1, meaning that of the 70 cases of CRS, a further 700 pregnancies would have been terminated.” (UK)

Burden of congenital rubella syndrome after a community-wide rubella outbreak, Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil, 2000 to 2001.
“Vaccination among school age children was insufficient to prevent a rubella outbreak among young adults that resulted in the occurrence of at least 5 cases of CRS.”

Consequences of Confirmed Maternal Rubella at Successive Stages of Pregnancy

Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome: Some Facts

Saturday Night Fever: A Common-Source Outbreak of Rubella Among Adults in Hawaii

Rubella-Associated Arthritis: Rescue of Rubella Virus from Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes Two Years Postvaccination

Rubella-specific immune complexes after congenital infection and vaccination.

Therapeutic abortions follow rubella infection in pregnancy: the potential impact on the incidence of congenital rubella syndrome. (1984)

Rubella, Abortion, and the Law (recommendations for abortion)

Consequences of Confirmed Maternal Rubella At Successive Stages of Pregnancy (1982)

Can we prevent an increase in the incidence of congenital rubella syndrome in the next decade?

Persistence of Rubella Antibodies after 2 Doses of Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine

Congenital Rubella Syndrome in Child of Woman without Known Risk Factors, New Jersey, USA (2014)

BMJ 1986: better testing for maternal antibodies to diagnose rubella in pregnant mothers “inevidtably led to an increase in the number of therapeutic abortions being carried out and, therefore, an increase in fetal wastage”, as “primary acute rubella infection in pregnancy often, but not invariably, results in CRS in the fetus”.


Many Rubella-related abortions could’ve been avoided with better diagnosis: doctors (2011)

“An LA OB notes that although rubella often leads to birth defects, the majority are born normal. Legalizing abortion in rubella cases, he adds, would doom more normal fetuses than abnormal ones.”