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Ongoing outbreak of rubella among young male adults in Poland: increased risk of congenital rubella infections


Iwona Paradowska-Stankiewicz, Mirosław Czarkowski, Tarik Derrough, Paweł Stefanoff.


Euro Surveill 2013 May 23; 18(21): 20485.

A simple report of a massive rubella epidemic among young males in Poland. It was not a success story, because we have foreseen this outbreak based on immunization programme history and surveillance data. We received support from WHO experts and together, we were advocating for catch-up vaccination of young adults for many years. Unfortunately, the policymakers did not listen to our advice and this epidemic occurred, leading most likely to many infections among women of childbearing age and in early pregnancy...

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