Many people believe that getting the measles can be beneficial. Instead, the measles infection is considered one of the childhood illnesses with the most negative ramifications. The studies below indicate how children who catch the measles often suffer negative outcomes for up to several years later, including higher infectious rates, higher death rates from secondary complications, and higher prescription medication use, as compared to children who did not have the measles.

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Mina, M. J., Kula, T., Leng, Y., Li, M., De Vries, R. D., Knip, M., … & Larman, H. B. (2019). Measles virus infection diminishes preexisting antibodies that offer protection from other pathogens. Science, 366(6465), 599-606

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Petrova, V. N., Sawatsky, B., Han, A. X., Laksono, B. M., Walz, L., Parker, E., … & Kellam, P. (2019). Incomplete genetic reconstitution of B cell pools contributes to prolonged immunosuppression after measles. Science immunology, 4(41).

Selin, L. K., Vergilis, K., Welsh, R. M., & Nahill, S. R. (1996). Reduction of otherwise remarkably stable virus-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte memory by heterologous viral infections. Journal of Experimental Medicine, 183(6), 2489-2499.

Wesemann, D. R. (2019). Game of clones: How measles remodels the B cell landscape. Science immunology, 4(41).