Hello Dr. Sears,
I would like to know your opinion on measles. I realize there are factors such as case severity and other immo-compromising conditions that effect individual outcomes. But in general, how serious in the measles really?
We live in a very international area (everyone from diplomats to refugees come here). There are outbreaks of measles here. I have a 4yo and a 20mo. We selectively vax and have not done the measles so far. The 4 yo goes to school so there is a likelihood of her bringing home the measels. The ped I went to for my younger daughter basically tried to scare me into vaxing her. She went on describing cases of adults who became paraplegic after having the measles, one baby died in the region last year. I have read many personal stories however and also looked at stats and considered the times before the vax was really given. The majority (not all) seem to point ot the measles not being the huge killer that some docs and vax companies make it out to be. I have also read multiple cases of people who were vaxed and got the measles anyway. Again to me this make me think I would be putting my children at risk withthe vax for a disease the vax may not, in the end, prevent.
It just seems to me that it is a survivable disease. More serious than many other childhood diseases like rubella or chicken pox, but my gut still tells me that them getting this would most likely be a good thing as it would provide life long immunity. I would really like some professional opinion without fear mongering frankly. Are my kids too young, should I really be concerned?
For the record, our general plan right now is to do the MMR diseases when the girls are older (teens) if they don't get it before then. But nothing is set in stone.
Thank you for your time.