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'Use MMR instead of single rubella'

The Chief Medical Officer has told GPs to use MMR rather than single rubella vaccine in women of child-bearing age.

In a letter to all GPs last month, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson said supplies of

licensed single vaccine were about to run out and the

Department of Health had been unable to secure further stocks.

The Government's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has advised all sero-negative women of child-bearing age and some health care workers must now be offered MMR. Its members believe this group will benefit from protection against mumps and measles.

GPs can still claim a rate B item-of-service payment for immunising women using MMR.

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