The Directorate of Health has issued a statement encouraging people to
continue vaccinating their children after two cases of rubella – also known as
German measles – came to the attention of medical authorities in the
past two weeks alone.
According to the statement, the two individuals had not been vaccinated as children, and one of them caught rubella while traveling abroad. The cases are considered unusual, as inoculation against rubella began in Iceland in 1977, and regular MMR vaccinations have become somewhat routine.
Rubella is much like measles, only the lesions (as seen above) are not as red and raised as those in measles. While the incubation period can last two to three weeks, it is not an especially terrible illness, and often passes in a few days.
The Directorate of Health says they see no need to initiate any mass inoculations at this time, and do not consider these two cases to be on the level of an outbreak. Parents are though encourage to vaccinate their children if they have not done so already.
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