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What is the measles vaccine?

The measles vaccine is a live virus vaccination administered to induce immunity to the measles virus infection. Measles is a viral infection that can cause minor and major health problems. Minor problens include: temporary skin rashes, cough, runny nose, eye irritation and mild fevers. Major problems include: severe pneumonia, seizures, ear infections, sinus problems and brain damage. The measles vaccine, as a single immunization, is no longer available in the US. It is available only in the combination products measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccine.

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