Pathology Handbook

Rubella immunity screen (IgG antibodies)


Rubella immunity screen

Clinical Indications

Confirmation of immunity to Rubella due to past infection or vaccination

Test Includes

Detection of IgG antibodies to Rubella virus

Part of Profile

Included in the routine ante-natal screen

Request Form 

Request via ICE


On request during routine working hours; samples tested fortnightly, usually on Wednesday. Urgent samples on request

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection

Turnaround Time

Samples tested fortnightly, usually on Wednesday


Serum, Red or gold top (SST) tube


7 ml


Vacutainer red top


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately.

Lab Handling

Aliquot and store at 4ºC; store at -40ºC for 12 months from date of receipt if ante-natal, otherwise for 3 months from date of receipt

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Leaking sample