Medicine: Reassurance on Rubella

Though doctors were delighted when rubella (German measles) vaccines were licensed 15 months ago, many asked a troubling question: Could a recently vaccinated child spread the highly contagious rubella virus to a pregnant woman? If so, the risk of damage or even death to her unborn child might be as great as that from exposure to the actual disease.

Last week that fear was assuaged by Dr. Jorge A. Veronelli of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Writing in the A.M.A. Journal, Pediatrician Veronelli reported on a study of 1,686 children and their mothers in a Cleveland suburb, which shows that...

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