Rubella, the “Other Measles”

Measles and rubella chart.
The MMR vaccine innoculates for measles, mumps and rubella together. Lack of immunization to measles also means lack of immunization to mumps and rubella.

The large multi-state measles outbreak in the United States highlights the threat from the reemergence of an infectious disease even though a relatively small part of the population is susceptible to it. The outbreak of this highly contagious, potentially fatal disease occurred when an infected visitor from another country reintroduced and transmitted the disease among the unvaccinated.

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