If you're caring for someone with German measles (also called rubella), keep in mind that the illness is usually mild and typically lasts only a few days. Encourage them to get as much rest as possible. Although aspirin should not be given to children who have a viral illness, acetaminophen may be used to relieve aches, pains, and fever. Stay in touch with your doctor, and watch for signs of secondary infections.
Although a vaccine has been given since 1969, note that rubella is very contagious among those who haven't been vaccinated. In pregnant women, rubella can cause miscarriage or birth defects. To avoid spreading the illness to others, try to limit their exposure to those who have not been vaccinated for German measles or those with weakened immune systems.