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CDC: Rubella No Longer a Threat

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CDC: Rubella No Longer a Threat

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CDC: Rubella No Longer a Threat

CDC: Rubella No Longer a Threat

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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that rubella, or German measles, is no longer a serious health threat in the United States. Until the early 1970s, thousands of children suffered birth defects and death after their mothers became infected. But there were just nine such infections in the United States last year. Still, experts say the vaccine is safe and effective, and the benefit of having it outweighs the limited risk of exposure to the disease.

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