Rubella is one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable birth defects worldwide. In this video, Dr. Susan Reef, CDC and leading global rubella elimination expert, describes efforts to protect pregnant women and their babies through vaccination.
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Rubella is very contagious. If a woman who’s pregnant gets infected during her first trimester or even the first 16 weeks, she may have a baby that’s blind, deaf and has heart problems. It’s one of the leading causes of vaccine preventable birth defects.
When I first started with rubella in 1994, it was on the back-burner. Through a lot of hard work and working with dedicated people, we’ve been able to bring it forward.
At CDC, we provide technical assistance and finding how big of a problem it is in countries that have not introduced the vaccine – Looking at their surveillance systems to see how well vaccine introduction has gone and we help them document elimination of rubella. I do this because I love it. Because I feel like I’m making an impact into people’s lives.