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The Importance of the MMR Vaccine

thRecently a measles outbreak in California was reported. To date there’s up to 68 outbreak cases, with 48 of those cases linked to an outbreak at Disneyland. Based on this rise it has been recommended that children under 12 months, and people never vaccinated, should stay away from Disneyland.

Before vaccines were created, measles, mumps and rubella were very common diseases. The MMR vaccine was created to protect children, and even adults, from these diseases with regular vaccinations. MMR is airborne and spreads from person to person, if unvaccinated. Even though it has not been scientifically proven, more parents are opting against vaccinations for their children, questioning their possible link to disorders like Autism.

When it comes to measles, mumps and rubella some signs of measles include rash, fever and cough; mumps causes fever, headache, muscle pain and swollen glands; and Rubella (German Measles) also causes rash, arthritis and fever. If a pregnant woman gets rubella it could also result in miscarriage or serious birth defects.

Vaccines are the best way to keep you and your family safe and prevent these diseases. The exception is if there is an allergic reaction, which could include breathing difficulty, hives, heart palpitations or dizziness. If you see or experience any of these signs after vaccination call your doctor, local health department or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.

**Medical Disclaimer: Always consult your doctor or other health care professional with questions or concerns regarding the MMR vaccine.

Written by: Jamacia Magee, FizzNiche Staff Writer

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