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Physical impairment from measles is a preventable tragedy

from By Denise A. Valenti

Babies were born blind. Babies were born deaf. Babies suffered irreparable brain damage. That is what happened during the measles pandemic from 1962-65 in the United States when their mothers contracted German measles, also known as Rubella, during pregnancy. The threat of serious health problems to a pregnant woman and her unborn child continued until an effective Rubella vaccine was introduced in 1969. Physical impairment from measles was hoped to be eradicated in the United States, but recent outbreaks in the western U.S. place numerous people at risk for measles. more

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