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Post-partum MMR immunisation rates in rubella-susceptible antenatal women

By L. Matthews, S. Gray, D. Gray and L. Lawrance


Rubella, an insignificant viral disease of childhood, can have devastating effects for the foetus if infection is acquired during pregnancy. An immunisation programme was established in the UK in the 1970’s, with monitoring of pregnant women for rubella susceptibility and post partum immunisation for those found to be susceptible. This study examined records of 115 rubella susceptible pregnant women (defined as rubella IgG titre < 10IU/ml) identified in a South Wales Health Board area in 2010. Of these, 88% were offered post partum immunisation and 67% accepted the offer. In total, almost a quarter (23.3%), left maternity services care without receiving post-partum immunisation

Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
Year: 2013
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