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

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In Houston, only 87.8 percent of the population has the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "7 cases of mumps confirmed at Harris County Jail, and there could be more," 13 June 2019 The Centers for Disease Control considers people who received two doses of the mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine as children according to the U.S. vaccination schedule protected for life. CBS News, "New Jersey jail placed on lockdown following suspected mumps outbreak," 11 June 2019 The children were vaccinated against measles, rubella, and polio almost immediately but there were other diseases to worry about, most notably cholera. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 The sheriff’s office and Health Department are working to deliver the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine to inmates, detainees and jail employees who have had contact with the two inmates. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two detainees at Kenosha County Detention Center diagnosed with mumps," 7 June 2019 Nigeria spent over US$8 million on surveillance alone and expanded polio capabilities to fight other diseases like measles and rubella. Shobana Shankar, Quartz Africa, "What the United States could learn from Nigeria about taking on anti-vaxxers," 7 June 2019 The first dose of the mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine – usually administered between 12-16 months of age —provides 93 percent protection. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Measles Signs in Kids Every Parent Needs to Know About," 3 Apr. 2019 The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas nurse fired after allegedly posting about toddler's measles diagnosis on anti-vax page," 29 Aug. 2018 The paper cites a study of pre-travel health care clinic visits in the U.S., which noted that 399 travelers to Europe were eligible for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine but that 131 chose not to be vaccinated. April Siese, CBS News, "American Academy of Pediatrics report urges travelers get MMR vaccine in wake of "record-breaking" European measles outbreak," 17 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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The first known use of rubella was in 1866

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