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

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Recent Examples on the Web And the three vaccines that are primarily targeted are the M.M.R. vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella; the H.P.V. vaccine; and the flu vaccine. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Influence of the Anti-Vaccine Movement," 18 Dec. 2020 Infectious disease was the leading killer of people for generations, Olszyk said, until the 1930s when better conditions and advancement in medicine lowered the numbers for such maladies as small pox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. Pat Stoetzer,, "‘It’s how the pandemic will end’: Carroll Hospital health care workers first to get COVID-19 vaccine," 18 Dec. 2020 In 2018, the Delhi government’s campaign to administer the measles-rubella vaccine to students at school ran into trouble after parents complained that their consent had not been sought. Arunabh Saikia, Quartz India, "To reduce India’s vaccine hesitancy around Covid-19, Modi needs to “let doctors do the talking”," 13 Dec. 2020 This is consistent with several other vaccines, including hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella. Wesley Kufel, The Conversation, "When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine? 5 questions parents are asking," 8 Dec. 2020 Two doses of the MMR vaccine—which also protects against mumps and rubella, two other infectious diseases—is 97% effective against measles, CDC explains. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Measles Infections Are Skyrocketing Because of Low Vaccination Rates," 13 Nov. 2020 Examples include vaccines against the measles, mumps, and rubella; the chickenpox vaccine and polio vaccine work the same way, too. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Pfizer’s vaccine candidate would be the first of its kind," 11 Nov. 2020 The bat had a virus that appeared similar to rubella. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, "For years, rubella was thought to have no viral relatives. Now, researchers have discovered two.," 8 Oct. 2020 Last September, the 11 countries in WHO’s South-East Asia region set 2023 as a target for the elimination of measles and rubella. Washington Post, "WHO says Sri Lanka and Maldives eliminate measles, rubella," 8 July 2020

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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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The first known use of rubella was in 1866

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26 Dec 2020

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“Rubella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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