2 What Is SSPE? A Detailed Definition
SSPE or Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis is a rare disease that causes inflammation, irritation and swelling in the brain. Even if you have had measles it might suddenly occur years after that. SSPE is rare and attacks mostly children and adolescents. What’s unique about this disease is that it is common to males rather than females.
According to the NINDS National Institute of Neurological Disorders, SSPE is prevented by the measles vaccine where in the USA it accounts for less than 10 cases per year because of the routine measles vaccine programs.
Those who have been vaccinated against Measles won’t contract SCSPE. Neither will those who have had measles. As mentioned it is rare and can develop from an abnormal immune reaction to the measles virus which then results in a mutation. It is always better to be safe than sorry. The best way to avoid such a disease is to get measles vaccination in case you have had the disease.