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Rubella (Inoculation)

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 21 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Ecotland if he will list, for Scotland and for the Highland health board area in 1977, the prevalence, respectively, of caesarian section and induction, the number of inoculations against rubella given to, respectively, schoolgirls and adult women of childbearing age, and his estimate of the percentage of girls inoculated by the age of 15 years, the incidence of congenital rubella in 1977 and in 1978 to the latest date for which figures are available and the number of births in each socioeconomic class and to unsupported mothers.

No information is available yet for 1978. The information requested on the incidence of congenital rubella is not available. Provisional 1977 figures on modes of delivery and on vaccination against rubella are as follows:

ScotlandHighland Health Board Area
Caesarian deliveries—
Number of deliveries6,297265
Percentage of total births10·19·8
Induced deliveries—
Number of deliveries27,2671,149
Percentage of total births43·842·6
ScotlandHighland Health Scotland Board Area
Females vaccinated against—
Persons born between 1st January1963 and 31stDecember 197734,0491,060
Persons born before 1st January 19632,240497
Percentage of girls born in 1963 and vaccinated by 31st December 197782·563·7
Source: Information Services Division, Scottish Health Service.
(i) Above total for vaccinations exclude (a) 320 women whose age was not recorded at the time of vaccination and (b) a number of unrecorded vaccinations carried out in the city of Edinburgh.
(ii) The breakdown by age in the information gives on vaccinations is the nearest available to that requested. Information by age or educational status at the time of vaccination is not available.
(iii) Percentage figures for vaccinations are in relation to girls who reached their fourteenth birthday in 1977, regardless of the year in which they were vaccinated.