Letters Congenital rubella

Act now to prevent re-emergence of congenital rubella

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4498 (Published 16 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4498
  1. Pat A Tookey, principal investigator, national congenital rubella surveillance programme1,
  2. Helen Bedford, senior lecturer1,
  3. Catherine S Peckham, professor of paediatric epidemiology1
  1. 1UCL Institute of Child Health, London WC1E 1EH, UK
  1. p.tookey{at}ich.ucl.ac.uk

Recent measles outbreaks highlight the potential for the re-emergence of rubella.1 Earlier UK rubella immunisation policy means that adult men could help sustain the spread of infection.

The schoolgirl immunisation programme was introduced in 1970 and later extended to susceptible women. Men born in the 1960s and 1970s never received a rubella vaccine, and those who escaped infection in childhood have had little exposure …

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