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The Need for Routine Rubella Antibody Testing of Women

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Results of rubella antibody tests performed by the California State Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory on blood specimens collected in 1968 and 1969 from school children and women of childbearing age showed a slightly lower prevalence of rubella antibody in California than reported from most other areas of the United States. Among women of childbearing age, rubella hemagglutination-inhibition (hi) antibody was found in 72 percent of those tested in California compared with 80 percent to 90 percent in other areas of the country.

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