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Measles, Mumps & Rubellahot!Tooltip 02/08/2011 Hits: 18430
We used to think of measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) as common childhood diseases that everybody catches and recovers from easily. But, in fact, the effects can be very serious and even fatal, which is why most children in the UK today are routinely immunised against them. Measles is a serious infection and rare in the UK today but is still a major cause of childhood death in developing countries. Mumps is a milder infection but can cause serious complications – it is the most common cause of viral meningitis in children and can cause deafness and in men, sterility. Rubella is also a mild infection for the sufferer but if a pregnant woman who has not been immunised catches rubella during pregnancy the baby may be born deaf, blind or brain damaged.