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I believe that healthy children can weather mumps and measles with a minimum of risk.

Just a word about the risks of MMR. Generally, otherwise healthy children won't suffer long term from measles, mumps, or rubella. However it can be extremely dangerous for the fetus if a woman contracts rubella while pregnant.

After I delivered DD, my titers were checked and I was not sufficiently immune to rubella, so I got an MMR booster shot. Even though DD was vaccinated on schedule, she got rubella when she was a little over a year and a half. Not a bad case, and if that were my only experience with rubella, I would probably think it's not a big deal and wonder why everyone worries so much about vaccinating. However I also happened to be 11 weeks pregnant, which is exactly when it is most risky to contract rubella. Had I not been re-vaccinated, there is a good chance I would have lost that pregnancy. If I hadn't lost that pregnancy, there is a high likelihood that my baby would have been born with a constellation of severe birth defects.

Again, vaccinating is not a risk free proposition, but neither is choosing not to vaccinate.


P.S. If it's been more than 5 years, go get a new DTaP vaccine. While the pertussis cough is just annoying to healthy adults, it is deadly to infants too young to have received the vaccination.
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