Rubella on the brink of elimination

Australia stands on the brink of eliminating rubella, 40 years after vaccines were first introduced, experts say.

Researchers have analysed a decade of national data and believe elimination — defined as no local disease transmission — is imminent, if not already achieved.

Rubella notifications fell more than 100-fold between 1998 and 2007, to just two cases per million population, according to a report this month in Vaccine. There were only five cases of congenital