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post #21 of 25

This poster is being sarcastic - it was actually the OP's doctor that was surprised that her children didn't get sick (in geberal ie colds/flu etc) more often because they didn't have their vaccines. Everyone here knows vaccines do not prevent the common cold.

 

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Your initial premise is inaccurate - vaccines do not prevent colds. Vaccines are very specifically targeted against specific viruses, and will not keep you from infection with all the other viruses out there. There are no commercial vaccines against the common upper respiratory viruses. You would need 200+ different vaccines to cover the known causes (I cringe at the thought of THAT syringefull)

 



 

post #22 of 25
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Measles is EXTREMELY contagious: One of the infants in the 2008 Tucson outbreak caught measles in the ER. The infant was in a room across the hall from the infected one for about 45 minutes (for some other problem). In the San Diego outbreak, one of the infants who caught measles was at the same pediatrician's office, but well after the infected child had left the building. That infant was hospitalized for several days with measles pneumonia.

 

 


Weren't there only like 11 people who got measles from that "outbreak" in San Diego?  I live in San Diego and never even heard about it.  In a county of 2 million, I wouldn't consider 11 people to be "extremely" contagious.

 

post #23 of 25

Thanks Marnica for clearing that up. Yeah, I was being sarcastic. I actually thought it was hilarious that my doctor wanted to say that my daughter didn't get sick very often because of vaccines, but then was brought up short when I told her that she hadn't had any since the two month series. (she's almost 4 now.)

post #24 of 25

Honestly, I would go about my day just like every other day.  The MMR is a live vaccine, and it sheds.  Every time you go to the park, play ground, mall, grocery store, etc, your children are at risk of catching measles.

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Honestly, I would go about my day just like every other day.  The MMR is a live vaccine, and it sheds.  Every time you go to the park, play ground, mall, grocery store, etc, your children are at risk of catching measles.



 While this is true in theory - I think in reality secondary transmission of measles is very very unlikely. I'm not saying that it has never happened (even though the CDC says there has never been a documented case), but if it were very common, I think there would be ( and would have been historically) lot more cases of measles going on. Think of all the kids getting their MMR who have younger perhaps unvaxed siblings (because of their age) or are in daycare with babies. My unvaxed child has been in daycare since he was 3 months old. I know for a fact he has been around multiple kids who had recently received their MMR. I think if it was happeneing with regularity we'd be hearing about it. The only thing I think is that is it does happen - perhaps it causes an atypical case where it is not recognized as measles and therefore not being reported?? just a thought

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