SSPE and Natural Immunity from Measles

Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a late complication of a natural measles infection.

SSPE is universally fatal about one to two years after it is diagnosed, but symptoms don’t begin until six to eight years after the person recovers from having measles.

The small risk of SSPE is just another reason that natural immunity is riskier than getting vaccinated and protected with a vaccine.

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