The Rubella Antibody Test for women under 40

Do you need to take the Rubella antibody test for women under 40? If you do and you live and/or work in London, you can be given the test at Broadgate walkin Clinic London Wall. No appointment is necessary. Just drop in when it is convenient to do so.

Rubella is very dangerous to unborn babies

Rubella (also known as German Measles) can prove dangerous to an unborn baby if a pregnant woman contracts the disease; especially during the first 20 months of pregnancy. The results can be calamitous. It can cause stillbirth, miscarriage, or serious birth defects such as brain damage, cataracts, hearing loss, and/or heart defects. These conditions are collectively known as CRS (Congenital Rubella Syndrome). CRS is transmitted to the unborn baby via the placenta.

Pregnant women who have had the MMR vaccination or a single rubella vaccination in the past are fully protected against the disease. Also, because mother and child share a common blood supply, a newborn baby whose mother has been vaccinated will automatically be immune against the disease for the first few months of its life. This is why babies under the age of six months are not given the MMR vaccination.

There is no effective treatment for Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS)

If a pregnant woman does become infected with rubella during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, there is no treatment capable of preventing CRS. Therefore if you are planning on getting pregnant in the near future, or even in a few years time, we here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall suggest that it would be prudent to have the Rubella antibody test.  

The Rubella vaccination is commonly given to people in school along with measles (non-German), and mumps in a combination vaccine. This combined vaccine is commonly referred to as the MMR vaccination. But because of the MMR scare that was around in the late 1990s, erroneously linking the MMR vaccine to Autism, many parents decided against giving their young family memebers the MMR vaccination. Some parents elected to give their young family members the individual vaccinations for measles mumps and rubella, some didn’t.

Vaccinations create antibodies against disease

When you are vaccinated against rubella or any other diseases, the vaccination carries a very mild version of the virus. It is not enough to cause the disease to develop. However the presence of the invading virus is enough to encourage your immune system to make antibodies against the disease. Therefore if at a later stage in life you are infected with a disease against which you have been vaccinated, your body can immediately manufacture the necessary antibodies to prevent an infection.

If you are a woman under 40, who is considering becoming pregnant in the future and you are not sure whether or not you’ve been vaccinated against Rubella, you are strongly advised to have the Rubella antibody test.

The Rubella antibodies blood test

The Rubella antibody test is a blood test. The blood taken will be tested for the presence of rubella antibodies. If antibodies are not present, or they are not present in sufficient numbers, as a pregnant women you will be at risk if you come into contact with an infected person.

Get tested and/or immunized at Broadgate Clinic London Wall

The final piece of information that you need to know is that it is not considered safe to give the MMR vaccine to a woman in the early stages of pregnancy. Together with the fact that there are no known treatments to prevent Congenital Rubella Syndrome in babies, this is why we here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall offer the Rubella antibody test to women under 40.

If there is any doubt about your immunity to Rubella you owe it to yourself and any babies you may have in the future to have the antibody test. If your test proves negative, vaccination against rubella for adults is also available from Broadgate Walkin clinic London