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February 16, 2016

End to Rubella Screening

From 1st April 2016 the rubella screening programme for pregnant woman is ending in England.

The rationale to end screening for rubella susceptibility includes:

  • rubella infection in the UK is at a level defined as eliminated by the World Health Organisation
  • screening for rubella susceptibility in pregnancy does not give any protection to the unborn baby in the current pregnancy
  • the test may falsely reassure some women that they are not susceptible to rubella infection in the current pregnancy
  • stopping antenatal screening is unlikely to result in increased rates of congenital rubella. There were 12 cases of congenital rubella reported in the UK between 2005-2015. None of these could have been prevented by the screening programme. We will continue to monitor cases following the cessation of rubella susceptibility screening
  • the MMR vaccine is effective in protecting women against rubella in pregnancy

The programme will continue to run in Wales, Scotland and Norther Ireland.

From 1st April 2016 the rubella screening programme for pregnant woman is ending in England. The rationale to end screening for rubella susceptibility includes: rubella infection in the UK is at a level defined as eliminated by the World Health Organisation screening for rubella susceptibility in pregnancy does not give any protection to the unborn […]

 
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