Category Archives: Measles

  • Protecting Baby Before He is Born

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    We got our flu vaccines before I found out I was pregnant. Our provider had their flu clinic in September, and we all went. It’s an annual ritual at this point. The line was long, and our little boy ran back and forth from us and (as usual) chatted non-stop about a whole variety of […]

  • Measles and My Sister

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    At the end of February 1960, my sister, a precocious, healthy child was halfway through the fourth grade in Rockland County when she contracted measles from one of her classmates who lived right down the street from us. His case was among the approximately 999 uncomplicated cases reported prior to the 1963 measles vaccination program […]

  • I Grew Up in an Anti-Vaccine Cult

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    My parents were brought up listening to the radio broadcasts and reading the literature of the Worldwide Church of God, a cult/fringe religion that was developed from a mishmash of Seventh Day Adventist doctrine, revived Old Testament traditions, and prophecies/conspiracy theories about what happened to the Israelites and when Armageddon would rain down on Earth. […]

  • My Baby Has Measles

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    The last week has been such a whirlwind. It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that the very first time my four-month-old son Mobius got sick, it was with the measles. I am incredibly thankful that he has been recovering beautifully, but still frustrated that it ever happened. My husband Chris and I […]

  • Why Measles Outbreaks Terrify Me

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    Measles is running rampant in California. It’s all over the news—and not just local news, national news as well. As a parent of an immunocompromised child, I had, of course, been concerned. But, since I do not live in California, nor do I plan to visit there any time soon, I thought I was safe […]

  • We Can Be Complacent No More

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    If you are measles, 2015 is treating you well, thanks in large part to vaccine hesitancy. As of this writing, there are nearly 60 cases of measles linked to visits people made to Disneyland before Christmas. Because Disneyland is a tourist destination, the cases are spread across six states and Mexico–and spreading fast enough that […]

  • To Those Opposed to Vaccinations

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    When I was five, I got whooping cough (pertussis). It was horrible. Aside from nearly dying, I couldn’t stop coughing. I have a vivid memory of whooping so hard I jumped out of bed and starting running around the house, my poor mother chasing after me. I caught the measles when I was six. Despite […]

  • Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

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    Vaccine-preventable diseases are making a comeback in the US, and community immunity may be at risk. Less than 20 years ago, measles was declared eliminated in the US, as the disease was no longer native and all reported cases were imported from other countries. Now, there are record-breaking outbreaks of measles, mumps, and pertussis (whooping […]

  • How My Daughter Taught Me that Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism

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    “It’s fun to watch you both grow up,” the doctor said, putting a Band-Aid over the site where my three-year-old daughter had just received the MMR vaccine. At first, I bristled at her condescension, at the idea that I somehow still had growing up to do. But it was true. When I’d first visited her […]

  • You Can Do Something about Measles Outbreaks

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    As of June 13, we have seen 477 measles cases in the United State this year. The number of cases is astounding to anyone who pays attention to the news. Here’s what you need to know about measles, the current outbreak, and the MMR vaccine. 341 of those cases have been in Ohio. It was […]