Category Archives: Measles

  • 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 […]

  • Vaccinate to Protect Your Child and Julia, too

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    When I had little babies I was involved in many different parent/mothering groups, including a baby-wearing group and nursing mother’s group. A few of these groups were popular with mothers who chose not to vaccinate their children. I vaccinated my children and tended to keep my opinion to myself—I figured it was that their decision […]

  • Measles and Cancer: A Wake-Up Call

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    The subject of vaccination is both a personal and a professional issue for me. After my daughter was born, there was never any question that we would vaccinate. Of course we worried about a rare adverse event, and seeing that sweet baby flesh poked by needles made us more upset than our daughter. As a physician, however, I […]

  • When It’s Not a Choice: Measles and Leukemia

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    Prior to our son’s possible exposure to measles, I did not think about how my choice to vaccinate my children affected anyone but my own child. But when measles was brought close to my son Ben, my insulated view was shattered. My decision about vaccination could impact anyone my children would come in contact with […]

  • Growing Up Unvaccinated

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    I am the 70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar til I was one, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame. My mother used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy, we took daily supplements of vitamin […]

  • Learning Lessons from Measles

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    April, 1961 in Baltimore, I went to play with my younger cousin Leon while my mother shopped nearby for birthday party hats, balloons, and other necessities. You see, I would turn seven on May 6th, and a luncheon party for the girls in my class was planned. I had my heart set on a Chatty […]

  • Making the hard choice to protect

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    My son, H, had his 12 month well visit one Friday where he received the pneumonia, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and Hepatitis A vaccinations. His fever started on Thursday. He woke up with it. He was less energetic than usual, less playful. Even the cone-sorting toy could not lure him to the floor for […]

  • Why I’m Telling my Vaccine Story, Pt. I

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    I did not give my son the hepatitis B shot when he was born. I was still uncertain and had not done enough research to feel comfortable with the shot. (Today, however, if/when I have more children, I will have them get the hep B shot at birth.) Yet for the next two months, I […]

  • MMR and Autism: Our Story

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    This is a story like ones that thousands upon thousands of mothers with autistic children could tell about what happened when their child had the MMR vaccine. It is one that, mostly, goes untold – even in the middle of a measles outbreak when parents are being strongly urged to vaccinate their children. A sunny […]

  • Dovie, Ivy, and Pansy: Three Sisters, One Disease

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    I’m sure many mothers can relate when I say that family is my world. My extended family tells me where I came from. My parents helped shape who I am today. My sister was my first friend. My husband is my teammate. My children are my legacy. Family is one thing I will never tire […]