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

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Recent Examples on the Web National coverage for the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) and chickenpox vaccines during the 2020-2021 school year fell to about 94 percent, under the 95 percent target. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Members of the military are already required to get several other vaccines, including those for polio, chickenpox and measles-mumps-rubella. Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Feb. 2022 Vaccine requirements for schools vary by state but generally include shots for measles, mumps and rubella; diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; polio and hepatitis B. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, 30 Jan. 2022 Along with flu and HPV, vaccinations tracked in the analysis included hepatitis, chickenpox and shingles, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), meningococcal, pneumococcal and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis). Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, 27 Jan. 2022 The majority also pointed out that most hospitals and health systems do not oppose the rule and, in fact, commonly require employees to be vaccinated for hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps and rubella. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 13 Jan. 2022 In its response, New York state argued the Covid-19 requirement was no different from longstanding rules that healthcare workers vaccinate against other diseases such as measles and rubella. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2021 While the vaccine does not offer full protection against malaria — and indeed is not as effective as vaccines against many childhood diseases such as measles or rubella — even partial protection can have a big impact on the burden of malaria. Helen Branswell, STAT, 10 Oct. 2021 Hagger said fears and concerns about the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine for young children and a reputed link to autism — which was substantially debunked — created negative publicity around vaccines, and the attitudes are still pervasive. al, 26 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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1 May 2022

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“Rubella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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