Originally Posted by Momtezuma Tuatara
Perhaps my English brain is too strong today, and my Amerish brain isn't working well, but I can't figure out what you mean?
Mumps is one of the unknown Diseases?
Why are you even bothered about your children near people of child bearing age. Are they all non-immune and unvaccinated?
Supporting the immune system and dealing with the disease = the sticky up above, Nutrition and immunity 101.
Richella, bacteriophages are a virus that invades bacteria, and many diseases like cholera, diphtheria, scarlet fever (and now some bright spark thinks meningococcal meningitis) are only "operative", not when you have the bacteria, but when you have the phage. Which they think comes in cycles.
Before I edited my original post in this thread, I included a line that said, "I'm a mother, not a scientist." I wish I'd left it in. Your tone is not appreciated, nor was your response helpful to me. Your reply is a perfect example of why I tend not to post in this forum and do a lot of searching and digging on my own when other knowledgeable and helpful people could give me an answer much more quickly.
LongIsland - Yes. That is what I meant. To elaborate, I'm familiar with the common cold, croup, strep, asthma, influenza and barfing. I am not familiar with Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Polio, TB, smallpox, and a host of other things I've neither had nor seen nor dealt with. So, for me, they are in a class of "Unknown Diseases" for me and for a lot of people I know. I am new to the idea of not vaccinating and recognize that a big part of my alarm at the news of an "outbreak" of one of those illnesses is because it is unfamiliar to me and because I don't know what to do if my child becomes ill with one of those. I KNOW what to do about croup and barfing and strep and so forth.
MT - I don't know that the women in my family are immune to Rubella or that their fetuses would be guarded against exposure to Rubella. I do care about other people and their health and don't believe all vaccinations to be 100% harmful, useless or irresponsible. While it may not be logical or reasonable, I would feel responsible if someone died or suffered long-term, irreversible damage because of my decision not to vaccinate my child.
One issue with mumps being in our area is this (and I apologize for not emphasizing this in my previous post): My husband is not as opposed to routine vaccinations as I am. I have delayed and delayed so I could educate myself on this issue. While we're not fighting about it, if it were up to my husband, our child would probably have all his shots. I sometimes need help putting this information into easily digestible nuggets for the both of us so we can see the pros and cons and the course of treatment for infection or preparation for vaccination.
I'm still interested in the answer to this question, as well:
Also, the statistic someone posted a few pages ago about 83% being vaxed? Is there a link to that information? I'm not finding it on my own.