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Is the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine really worth the risk?

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is worth the very slight risk of getting it. Without the MMR vaccine the risk of serious disease increases. Measles can lead to ear infection, pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death. Mumps can lead to deafness, meningitis, painful swelling of the genital organs and, rarely, sterility. If a woman gets rubella while pregnant, she can have a miscarriage or a baby born with serious birth defects. Those risks are all greater than the very slight risks from getting the vaccine.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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