Since we’re already on the topic of MMR, let’s talk about how measles can also cause meningitis. Alongside pneumonia and encephalitis, cases of measles may also develop the complication of meningitis. Cases involving measles-caused meningitis were rampant during the olden days of medicine.
Fortunately, children who are vaccinated with the MMR vaccine are no longer at risk of developing meningitis or any other measles-caused complication. Still, there are some people — prominently in anti-vax communities — who refuse to get the MMR vaccine and are thus at risk of developing meningitis after getting measles.
As you may have already guessed, measles is a viral infection, which is why it should come as no surprise that it can lead to spinal meningitis. When two of the Ms in the MMR vaccine are leading causes of spinal meningitis, it becomes a no-brainer — pun-intended — to get all your children vaccinated to ensure that they don’t develop meningitis or other complications that these diseases can bring.