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Rubella Vaccine

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his assessment of the danger to mothers and their babies from the inadequate information on the leaflets supplied with rubella vaccine, in view of his Department's advice that pregnancy should be avoided for at least three months following rubella vaccination; what action he intends to take; and if he will make a statement.

I am advised that the risk is remote. The change from two to three months, notified to doctors in May 1979, was made to ensure the maximum degree of safety even though no cases of congenital rubella have been reported in pregnancies starting over two months after vaccination. Arrangments are in hand to amend the leaflet.