Infection withrubella (rubella)of the pregnant woman may cause severe birth defects. If infection occurs during the first trimester, the risk is 30-50%, while it is probably less than 10% if it occurs later. Anomaly include deafness, heart failure and vision problems, like child may be mentally retarted. Women infected during the first trimester, abortion is advised.
It is believed that around. 90% of all women are immune to rubella, either as a result of previous infection or vaccination. Women who do not know whether they have had the infection, or whether they are vaccinated, advised a blood test to examine whether they should arrange to vaccinate before pregnancy.
Following the introduction of the vaccine in MFRchildhood immunization programTo be given to children at 15 months and 12 years, the disease incidence has declined markedly.