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

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In Clark County, only 85 percent of kindergartners have been immunized with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, according to the state Department of Health. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "How do you persuade people to vaccinate? Clark County measles outbreak highlights the difficulties," 13 Apr. 2019 Clark County says only 78% of its children age 6 to 18 have received the recommended two doses of the MMR vaccine, for measles, mumps and rubella. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Didn’t We Already Beat Measles?," 12 Feb. 2019 Minnesota’s health department also laid out recommendations for kids concerning the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Minnesota health department reports 'third travel-related case of measles' in less than 6 weeks," 18 Sep. 2018 Along with flu shots, others that tend to cause stinging and soreness later are tetanus, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), pneumonia, typhoid, and some antibiotics, like penicillin, Stewart explained. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "Why Do Some Vaccines Hurt More Than Others?," 24 Oct. 2018 Apart from developing her famous scoring exercise, Dr. Apgar was a notable advocate for universal vaccination in order to combat the rubella epidemic of the mid-Sixties. David Meyer, Fortune, "Dr. Virginia Apgar, Creator of the Apgar Score, Celebrated by Google Doodle," 7 June 2018 Those who have received a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine are unlikely to get the illness. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Maryland health officials warn of possible measles exposure," 24 May 2018 Schools and day care centers usually require proof of such vaccines as TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and others. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Want to prevent your children from getting cancer? Doctors push HPV vaccine," 9 July 2018 Other diseases — such as measles, rubella, diphtheria — became very, very rare. Austin Frakt, New York Times, "It Saves Lives. It Can Save Money. So Why Aren’t We Spending More on Public Health?," 28 May 2018

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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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