Research Article

Rubella vaccination of schoolgirls: factors affecting vaccine uptake.

Br Med J 1977; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6063.760 (Published 19 March 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;1:760

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  1. C S Peckham,
  2. W C Marshall,
  3. J A Dudgeon

    Abstract

    In a national sample of 16-year-old girls who were aged 12 when the rubella vaccine programme was implemented in 1970, 71% were reported to have received rubella vaccine. There was a high regional disparity in the uptake of rubella vaccine: 81% of girls living in Scotland had been vaccinated but only 61% of girls living in Wales. Similarly there was a difference in reported vaccine uptake according to the family social background, the lowest proportion vaccinated came from professional and unskilled manual families. Girls attending independent schools also had a lower vaccine uptake than girls in schools maintained by the local educational authorities. If rubella immunisation is to be effective uptake of vaccine must increase to almost 100%.