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Rubella vaccination success in Australia: no time for complacency

Teresa M Ballestas and Suzanne P McEvoy
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (10): 551-552.

To the Editor: A major achievement of the National Immunisation Program is the progress towards elimination of congenital rubella syndrome and interruption of endemic rubella transmission in Australia.1 However, some population subgroups remain at risk of rubella infection. We describe a workplace outbreak in Perth in 2011.

Teresa M Ballestas, Public Health Medicine Registrar
Suzanne P McEvoy, Public Health Physician
Communicable Disease Control, South Metropolitan Public Health Unit, Perth, WA.
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Gidding HF, Burgess MA, Kempe AE. A short history of vaccination in Australia. Med J Aust 2001; 174: 37-40.
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