A rubella vaccination program for women entering the U.S. Army.
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A rubella vaccination program for women entering the U.S. Army.

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    1979 Nov-Dec

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    Public Health Rep. 94(6):564-567
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    A voluntary rubella vaccination program for female basic trainees was initiated on April 21, 1975, at Fort Jackson, S.C. A total of 29,852 women were tested for rubella titers between April 21, 1975, and December 31, 1977, and 6,167 were found to be nonimmune. An average of 53 percent of the susceptible women were vaccinated. The best results were obtained from August 1 to December 31, 1977, when 67 percent of the susceptible women were vaccinated. During this period, blood specimens for rubella titer and for pregnancy testing were obtained simultaneously. This procedure reduced the number of referrals to the Obstetrics-Gynecology Clinic, as well as the amount of training time lost when pregnancy testing and rubella titer testing were done on separate days. Despite the vaccination program, however, rubella epidemics occurred among female trainees at Fort Jackson in 1975, 1976, and 1977. A significant number of women are still susceptible to rubella. To reduce morbidity and the risk of congenital rubella syndrome, rubella titer testing and immunization of susceptibles should be considered for women-especially where they can be screened, counseled, and vaccinated en masse.
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