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August 1969

Live Rubella Vaccines in Adults and Children: HPV-77 and Merck-Benoit Strains

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia; West Point, Pa
From the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Drs. Weibel and Stokes); and the Division of Virus and Cell Biology Research, Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research, West Point, Pa (Drs. Buynak and Hilleman).

Am J Dis Child. 1969;118(2):226-229. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1969.02100040228012

FETAL death and malformation of the newborn associated with a substantial increase in rubella cases is anticipated in the United States in 1970 or 1971. The best means for preventing this event is in the proper application of an effective vaccine. The vaccine might be given either to children alone, en masse, to decrease the rubella reservoir, or to susceptible adult women as well.

The HPV-77 rubella virus1,2 propagated in cell cultures of duck embryo3-13 has been the most extensively tested of all the candidate rubella vaccines to date. This vaccine proved highly effective in evoking rubella antibodies in children without causing detectable clinical reaction and without contagiousness to susceptible children or to maternal contacts.

Contrary to the findings in children, a portion of adult women9 who received the HPV-77 vaccine developed mild rubella with arthritis and arthralgia. It became important, therefore, to determine the age range