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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 56-59
Clinical Study

Ability of History Taking Alone to Identify Early Pregnancies Among Potential Measles Vaccinees

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Vermont College of Medicine, and Employee Health Service, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA
2University Health Center, Arnold 4, 1 South Prospect Street, Burlington 05401, VT, USA

Received 18 February 1994; Accepted 13 June 1994

Copyright © 1994 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective: This study was undertaken to determine the ability of history taking alone, compared with pregnancy testing, to identify early pregnancies among potential female measles vaccinees.

Methods: As part of an institution-wide measles immunization program, 326 female health care workers (HCWs) who denied being pregnant underwent a urine pregnancy test prior to vaccination.

Results: Of the 326 women, 3 had positive pregnancy tests and were ultimately confirmed to be pregnant. Although all 3 women denied the possibility of pregnancy prior to testing, 2 had been unable to give an exact date for their last menstrual period (LMP).

Conclusions: In this group of 326 northern New England HCWs being immunized against measles during an outbreak, history taking alone failed to identify 3 pregnancies. If the inability to give an exact date of the LMP had been included as a discriminator, 2 additional pregnancies could have been suspected, but 1 pregnancy still would have gone undetected.