re: those more at risk for complications are in a poor state of health to begin with....
Originally Posted by carriebft
This does not seem to be supported by the switzerland, UK, and netherlands studies I posted. They still had 10% complication rates.
From the Denmark study posted,“The diagnosis was confirmed in 382 of the interviewed cases. The disease ran an uncomplicated course in 82%, while 18% of the children had one or two complications. Most frequent were infections of the respiratory system (7%), otitis media (9%) and other inflammatory conditions (3%);”
No mention of prior health.
From the Netherlands, no mention is made of health prior to onset of infection:“in the Netherlands, with 3,292 reported cases.
One or more complications were reported for 519
(16 per cent). The proportion of patients with complications
was highest among children aged under
15 months (22 per cent), and lowest for those
aged 10-19 years (11 per cent). The complication
rate among older patients (over the age of 19
years) was 15 per cent. Three children aged two,
three and 17 years died as a result of complications
– none had been vaccinated (van den Hof et
Keep in mind, the most common complication reported wrt measles is runny poop. I am not talking about runny poop, I am talking about those with serious complications that may result in death. And I stand by my statement wrt those most at risk and I have yet to see anyone disprove it.
The last quote only highlights the reason why we should not prevent our girls from having measles, if they don’t get measles, they aren’t able to protect their infants in those vulnerable early months, but I guess you’re ok with putting these infants are risk for SSPE, or is it just blissful ignorance?
From your quote:“Subacute sclerosing pan encephalitis is a progressive degenerative disorder of the central nervous system – it is fatal. The onset occurs on average seven to ten years after measles
infection, and it is more common in children who have had measles before the age of one year (18/100,000 compared with 4/100,000 overall)
(Farrington 1991).”Increased susceptibility to measles in infants in the United States.
“BACKGROUND: Women born in the United States after measles vaccine licensure in 1963 transfer less measles antibody to their infants than do older women. This may result in increased susceptibility to measles among infants.. CONCLUSIONS: Infants whose mothers were born after 1963 are more susceptible to measles than are infants of older mothers. An increasing proportion of infants born in the United States may be susceptible to measles.”
SOURCE: Pediatrics 1999 Nov;104(5):e59