The Message of Measles . . .

Whether you regularly see to the protection of your child or are one of the anti-vaxers, this is an interesting, surprising, and well-written history of the subject. It doesn’t preach but gives the facts which everyone should know before making a final decision. The science and just plain foot work in tracing where each outbreak begins is fascinating. Kind of scary to know that if your child happens to be the beginning of an outbreak, it can be tracked back to him or her along with the information about the outcome for those infected.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/02/the-message-of-measles?utm_medium=10today.media.20190827.436.2&utm_source=email&utm_content=article&utm_campaign=10-for-today—4.0-styling

Making the Measles Go Away . . .

The people of Rockland County, New York were faced with an interesting ban this week. Given the major outbreak of measles in that county, there is now a 30-day ban on allowing unvaccinated children in public places which includes ANY public place. In addition to schools, the ban includes the mall, play parks, restaurants, even churches.

According to the news, this particular county reports over 150 people being infected since Fall 2018. All indications seem to point to seven unvaccinated people who came into the county with measles. Statistics from CNN said the number of confirmed cases of measles in the US just in 2019, was 314 which about half being in this one county. In 2000, health officials said the disease had been eliminated in the United States. We now face growing epidemics.

One of the complaints from the anti-vaccine side is that the ones with the measles should be quarantined, not the healthy ones. However, measles can incubate and be contagious before a parent is even aware the illness is present. That leaves a lot of wiggle room to pass on the contagion just be being in schools, etc., sneezing, touching, and sharing the chance of making other people sick.

Is the ban fair? In this particular county, statistics show that 73 percent of the under 18 population is unvaccinated. Should majority rule here and the ban be lifted as more people have the capability of contracting and sharing the measles?

Measles can be a deadly or life-impairing disease. Sure, deaths of permanent damage might not be the norm BUT the norm might be there for some infant who hasn’t had their baby shots yet or a child with a compromised immune system.

Someone told me once that he did not believe in vaccines as we should live by the ‘survival of the fittest’ . . . I don’t think that is a great premise as healthy children can die and the sickly can survive.

Sure, we should petition and write to the various companies that produce vaccines and request they develop the purest forms of vaccines that don’t make use of aborted babies. I wonder about the people who have come and gone in my life that ridiculed me for choosing to vaccinate, if they have ever written to their pediatricians or the pharmacy companies with their concerns and encouragement to upgrade their vaccines to a more acceptable format.

Every decision in life has consequences and we need to think about and ponder our choices. If someone decides to ignore this ban and take their child to school or other public places, who is responsible for another child getting sick.