Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles medical school have determined that children who have recovered from measles as children may suffer from a fatal incurable complication years later.
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) remains dormant in the brain and once reawakened, it can lead to seizures, coma, and death. The complication affects 1 in 600 people who suffered from measles as children.
Fears that the MMR vaccine causes autism despite many medical studies proving the MMR vaccine does not cause autism has resulted in nearly 9 million children in the U.S. not being fully vaccinated against measles. This leaves them at risk of contracting measles, and of possibly suffering from SSPE several years later.