ru·​bel·​la | \ rü-ˈbe-lə How to pronounce rubella (audio) \

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In April, the city declared the outbreak to be a public health emergency, and that unvaccinated people living in select ZIP codes were required to receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to curtail the outbreak and protect others. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "New York City measles outbreak has ended, health officials say," 3 Sep. 2019 Contemporary concerns about vaccine safety, however, are usually traced to debunked claims that there is a link between the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine and autism. Jonathan Kennedy, Quartz, "The anti-vax movement is effectively reversing decades of progress in disease prevention," 11 Sep. 2019 On July 28, Washington state's Senate passed a bill prohibiting its residents from receiving that philosophical exemption for the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. Jared Weber, USA TODAY, "Measles outbreak: As students head back to school, US and world officials warn about risks," 3 June 2019 In some communities, anti-vaccine activists have spread false claims about the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, fueling refusal or hesitancy among parents about immunizing their children. oregonlive, "US measles cases surge as officials scramble to stop near-record outbreak," 22 Apr. 2019 Thus, some well-meaning parents avoid vaccinating their children out of misplaced fear that the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella) causes autism. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "The world before vaccines is a world we can’t afford to forget," 16 Aug. 2019 Washington has seen 84 measles cases this year, or about 7.5% of the 1,109 cases reported in the United States, which prompted state lawmakers to ban exemptions to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine except for religious or medical reasons. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "2 more measles cases in King County, bringing total to 12 in Puget Sound outbreak," 11 July 2019 Related Stories California requires children attending public schools, including charter schools, to be inoculated against infectious diseases including measles, mumps, chicken pox, tetanus, whooping cough and rubella. Dustin Gardiner,, "California lawmakers advance vaccine exemption crackdown toward passage," 21 June 2019 The best way to prevent mumps is with a vaccine, and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is 88% effective for mumps when two doses are given, the CDC says. Jason Hanna And Doug Criss, CNN, "300 inmates in Texas' Harris County jail are quarantined over a mumps outbreak," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of rubella

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rubella

New Latin, from Latin, feminine of rubellus reddish, from ruber red — more at red

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