A 39-year-old member asked:

What could happen if you don't have the mmr jab? i know you could get the illnesses (measles, mumps and rubella) but is there anything else?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Long term issues: Measles:can cause encephalitis with brain damage in 1/1000 and death in 3/1000 cases. Mumps can cause pregnancy loss, male sterility, mild encephalitis, other problems and occasional death in adults. Rubella, while relatively mild in most, occasionally produces encephalitis in the patient.It is well known for producing miscarriage, birth defects and mental retardation in infants infected in the womb.
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Dr. Scott Diede
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Not getting "the jab" also can put others at risk, especially infants. You could get a relatively mild case of measles as an adolescent or adult and unwittingly spread it to a newborn baby who dies of the disease.
Aug 28, 2013
Last updated Aug 18, 2014


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