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October 25, 2000

Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine in the Italian Armed Forces

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(16):2059. doi:10.1001/jama.284.16.2053

To the Editor: Because vaccination of children and members of the armed forces was not mandatory in Italy until 1998, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) diseases have imposed a significant burden on the Italian military. The recent (April 1998) introduction of mandatory vaccination of military recruits provided an opportunity to examine the effectiveness and adverse effects of MMR vaccine (containing Schwarz measles, Urabe Am9 mumps, and Wistar RA 27/3 rubella strains) in a military setting.

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