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Study points to years-long immune system woes from measles
Study points to years-long immune system woes from measles

Scientists have known for decades that having measles suppresses kids' immune systems for several weeks or months, leaving them ill-equipped to fight off pneumonia, bronchitis, diarrheal diseases and other infections. Now a team of researchers has suggested that the measles virus may also confer a longer-lasting sort of "immune-amnesia" that makes it harder for people to stave off other illnesses for two years or more. That re-emphasizes the importance of vaccination, said biologist Michael Mina, lead author of a paper detailing the research that was published Thursday in the journal Science.  "There may be a long-lasting impact that you can't undo if...

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