The decision to discontinue the screening has come following a review of evidence by the National Screening Committee.
In both 2003 and 2012, the committee found that rubella susceptibility screening in pregnancy no longer met the criteria of the screening programme, because infections in the UK are so low and that the World Health Organization defines it as eliminated.
Other reasons included that the take-up of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination (MMR) before pregnancy is effective and rubella infection during pregnancy is rare in this country.
Director of Screening Programmes at Public Health England, Dr Anne Mackie said: “The decision to end rubella susceptibility screening in pregnancy in England is based on a rigorous assessment of the evidence and expert clinical advice.
“A major factor is that the high uptake of the MMR vaccine in children means that rubella infection is considered to be eliminated in the UK by the World Health Organization.
“The change will free up busy midwives so they can spend more time looking after a new mother and her baby.”
The screening involved a blood sample taken from pregnant women to establish whether they are immune to this form of measles.
If a pregnant woman hasn’t received the MMR vaccination, they are recommended to get the vaccine after childbirth.
For more information about the changes, visit the UK Government website.
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