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Measles can cause 'immune amnesia,' study finds

Nov 01, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

It's an article of faith for many parents who refuse to vaccinate their children: When healthy kids get and recover from an infection naturally, their immune systems come out stronger.

But when it comes to measles, the opposite is true, new research shows.

In a group of 77 Dutch schoolchildren whose parents declined to vaccinate them on religious grounds, scientists documented several ways in which a measles infection can hobble a child's immune function for months -- or even years -...