I thought, that particularly with Rubella it was possible to get it,
but have such mild symptoms that it wasn't noticeable. Perhaps you had
it before your sister & your mother just thought you were a bit grumpy
one day. I'd always thought that was one of the problems with Rubella
- children tend to have very few ill effects from it, it's just if you
are pregnant that there is such a big problem.

On Sun, 07 Nov 2004 18:09:27 +0000, Barbara Dryden <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> You certainly can develop immunity. When I was a very young child I spent
> some time in what was then the Brompton Chest Hospital. I didn't have TB
> but ever after was a reactor to the test and have never had to have the jab.
> Similarly, when I was pregnant I had a test for rubella (there was no
> vaccination available when I was young) and was told that I'd had the
> disease. I hadn't, but my sister did have it and I must have picked up the
> immunity then.
> Dorian wrote
> >Yes, I believe some people did recover, due simply to their own body's being
> >able to fight the disease off.  I've read of several cases of women who
> >lived in Dublin's tenements in the first half of the 20th century (where TB
> >was endemic) later having chest x-rays and being asked "when did you have
> >TB?".  They hadn't even known they'd contracted and recovered from the
> >disease, probably because they were too busy nursing family members at the
> >time.
> --
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