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A Practical Approach to the Use of Rubella Vaccine

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The Henry Phipps Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(1):136-137. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-74-1-136
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The approprute use of the attenuated rubella vaccine, as recommended by the Public Health Service Advisory Committee on Immunization and by a similar committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is in the age range from 1 to 12 years because natural rubella among susceptibles in this age group poses the greatest threat to pregnant mothers, and it is in this age period that the reservoir of susceptibles can be most readily wiped out.

Numerous field studies (1-6) have shown that attenuated rubella virus vaccine in a single dose will protect against the natural disease. It has also been demonstrated


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