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05/01/2015 10:37 EDT | Updated 05/01/2016 05:12 EDT
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years.

It's long been known that contracting measles weakens the immune system for weeks or months, putting people, especially children, at increased risk for potentially fatal infection by a host of germs.

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