HC Deb 14 June 1979 vol 968 cc315-6W
Mr. Carter-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he is taking in light of the new rubella epidemic to warn pregnant women of the danger to their babies and to increase the take-up of vaccination; and if he will make a statement.

Sir George Young

A press statement, which drew attention to the increase in cases of rubella and the danger of women contracting the disease in the early weeks of pregnancy, was issued in April. A national publicity campaign to increase the uptake of rubella vaccination has now been launched; and area health authorities have been asked to provide the necessary administrative backing.