Researchers have finally, after years of speculation, learned how the measles vaccine can provide an additional layer of protection against more than just the measles. Reporting in Science, an international team of scientists has determined that the measles virus can destroy anywhere from 11 to 73 percent of antibodies that the immune system generates to protect a person from bacterial and viral strains they have been exposed to. These may include the herpes virus and pathogenic bacteria that cause skin infections or pneumonia.

CDC / Cynthia S. Goldsmith & William Bellini, PhD

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