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Research Article

Rubella: immunity and vaccination in schoolgirls.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 11 May 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:1406
  1. G Kudesia,
  2. E T Robinson,
  3. W D Wilson,
  4. T S Wilson,
  5. I M Stewart,
  6. A T Campbell,
  7. W Thomson,
  8. M Silver,
  9. D Reid,
  10. G E Urquhart


    Of 191 schoolgirls, 128 volunteered to take part in a feasibility study of serotesting before and after rubella vaccination, and all responded to RA 27/3 vaccine. Had the serum samples been taken by a fingerprick method the number of volunteers would probably have increased considerably. A change in policy for rubella vaccination to testing both before and after vaccination would cost no more than the existing policy, would ensure primary response, and would differentiate those women who were protected by the vaccine from those with antibody to wild virus.