Volume 93 Issue 19 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 11, 2015

Getting The Measles Is A Double Whammy

Infectious Disease: Getting the measles leaves the immune system vulnerable to other diseases; study reinforces the importance of vaccination
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: measles, vaccine, disease prevention

The measles doesn’t just make you sick. The lingering effects of the disease compromise the immune system for several years, leaving the body open to greater risk of contracting and dying from other infectious diseases, according to a study (Science 2015, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa3662). The finding helps explain why the introduction of measles vaccines has prevented many more deaths in the countries studied than researchers had expected. Michael J. Mina and Bryan T. Grenfell . . .

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