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Development of a Rubella Vaccination Strategy: Contribution of a Rubella Susceptibility Study of Women of Childbearing Age in Kyrgyzstan, 2001

Naile Malakmadze, Laura A. Zimmerman, Amra Uzicanin, Luidmila Shteinke, Victor M. Caceres, Kaliya Kasymbekova, Irina Sozina, John W. Glasser, Mira Joldubaeva, Chinara Aidyralieva, Joseph P. Icenogle, Peter M. Strebel and Susan E. Reef

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 12, pages 1780-1783
Published in print June 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/421018
Development of a Rubella Vaccination Strategy: Contribution of a Rubella Susceptibility Study of Women of Childbearing Age in Kyrgyzstan, 2001

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To contribute to the development of a rubella vaccination strategy, we conducted a study to determine age-specific susceptibility among women aged 15–39 years by testing for rubella-specific IgG antibodies. Of 964 women, 13% were found to be susceptible to rubella. Significantly higher susceptibility among women >25 years old was observed. Susceptibility data are important but are not sufficient to develop a vaccination strategy. After considering all available information, we suggested vaccination of women aged <35 years and selective vaccination of older women who were planning pregnancy.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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