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Vaccine. 2006 Nov 17;24(47-48):6924-9. Epub 2006 Jun 28.

Exposure of Ugandan health personnel to measles and rubella: evidence of the need for health worker vaccination.

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World Health Organization, Kampala, Uganda.


With rubella and, until recently, measles highly endemic in Uganda, health personnel are at risk of these vaccine-preventable diseases and a source of transmission to patients. Measles and rubella serology (IgG) and history of exposure and vaccination were determined among 311 health care workers in a nationwide study. All tested positive for measles IgG, whereas 49.2% reported having been vaccinated. Rubella antibodies were present in 98.1% of personnel; 3.2% of women of child-bearing age were still susceptible. Increasing age and longer duration of service increased the risk of rubella infection. A national policy on health worker protection should include immunisation against vaccine-preventable diseases upon entry to training.

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