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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1976 November; 26(172): 817–821.
PMCID: PMC2158391

Rubella immunisation and contraception—a case for re-examining the policy of the Department of Health and Social Security


Now that immunisation against rubella is available, it would at first sight seem reasonable to identify all potential mothers susceptible to this disease and immunise them. Preliminary screening, however, carried out in order to restrict vaccination to seronegative subjects, not only serves no useful purpose, but is counter-productive.

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  • Hambling MH. Effect of a vaccination programme on the distribution of rubella antibodies in women of childbearing age. Lancet. 1975 May 17;1(7916):1130–1133. [PubMed]
  • Mayon-White RT, Bull MJ. Rubella antibody tests in family planning clinics. Practitioner. 1976 Mar;216(1293):317–320. [PubMed]
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