ru·bel·la | \rü-ˈbe-lə \

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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 Other diseases — such as measles, rubella, diphtheria — became very, very rare. New York Times,, "More spending on public health could cut overall costs of medical care," 28 May 2018 Most people who are vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine are protected against the virus — one dose is 78 percent effective and two doses is 88 percent effective. NBC News, "Cheerleaders warned about mumps exposure after national competition," 7 Mar. 2018 Some 13 months after Gracia’s birth, Melissa was born during a worldwide rubella epidemic. Bryan Marquard,, "Rev. Victor Carpenter, UU minister and advocate for social justice, dies at 88," 8 June 2018 Oregon requires students receive vaccines that fight off diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis. Molly Harbarger,, "Oregon rates of non-immunized children continues to rise," 29 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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The first known use of rubella was in 1866

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ru·bel·la | \rü-ˈbel-ə \

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