One out of every 1,000 will develop inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), and 1 out of 1,000 will die. (5)
There is no treatment for either rubella or rubeola, which is why immunization is needed to prevent the spread of either disease. The MMR vaccination stands for Measles (rubeola), Mumps and Rubella and is usually given to children at 12 to 15 months and again at 4 to 6 years of age.
Before vaccinations became prevalent in the United States, it was estimated that 3 to 4 million people were infected yearly with measles. Of these, 400 to 500 died while another 1,000 developed measles encephalitis.
It is important to note that measles is still common in other countries and visitors who have measles can carry it when visiting here in the United States. (5)
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Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele are at www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles/
Edited by Jody Smith