Determination of immune status to measles, rubella, and varicella-zoster viruses among medical students: Assessment of historical information

Dennis L Murray, M. A. Lynch

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Abstract

We examined the serological susceptibility of entering medical students to measles, rubella, and varicella-zoster (VZV) viruses over a four-year period. Serological results were then compared to historical information to ascertain whether undocumented histories of disease or vaccination could be used to identify students who may not need serological testing. For measles, historical information was of no benefit in predicting immunity. For VZV and, to a greater extent, rubella, a higher seropositive rate was seen in students claiming a positive history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)836-838
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume78
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1988

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