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Poll Results: Measles

 
  • 27% (18)
    I have had the measles.
  • 3% (2)
    My child has had the measles
  • 69% (45)
    I know someone who has had the measles.
65 Total Votes  
post #21 of 39
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Originally Posted by fruitful womb View Post
My titers say I'm not immune anymore. I had the shot when I was 17.

My mother contracted measles when she was pregnant with me.


I'm deaf because of it. 20% in my left ear and nothing in my right ear.

So, I caution anyone who is pregnant to stay away from anyone who is infected. Especially in your first and second trimester.

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Thank you for sharing your story. This is what concerns me. Now I realize that your story involves your mother, who may or may not be old enough to have not had a measles shot. But it has implications for the future. What happens when immunity from measles vaccine wears off and women get pregnant without knowing they are no longer immune and then they get the measles? This is exactly what bothers me about vaccines (well one of the many things). If we were all just allowed to get measles as children and thus be immune for life, we wouldn't have to be nearly as worried about this happening.
post #22 of 39
I had measles when I was 9 and was pretty sick. I remember needing a dark room and getting really skinny.
However, that said, I am very relieved to have had it now that I am a mum and I can pass on immunity through breast feeding. I have understood that measles can be more serious for infants and for older people (adolescents through adulthood), so it makes sense for children to have the disease and be done with it. I think I would prefer my DC to have measles and be done with it rather than be dealing with vax and not sure if he is immune or not and getting all tangled up when he is older and more in danger of complications. But, I also know that it is a serious illness and requires proper treatment (full bed rest, appropriate diet, darkened room if needed and soothing remedies for fever and rash). It is not a disease to sweep under the carpet with fever suppressing medications and hoping the child will be OK.... Anyway, that's just my opinion
post #23 of 39
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Originally Posted by KLM99 View Post
Thank you for sharing your story. This is what concerns me. Now I realize that your story involves your mother, who may or may not be old enough to have not had a measles shot. But it has implications for the future. What happens when immunity from measles vaccine wears off and women get pregnant without knowing they are no longer immune and then they get the measles? This is exactly what bothers me about vaccines (well one of the many things). If we were all just allowed to get measles as children and thus be immune for life, we wouldn't have to be nearly as worried about this happening.
I just got off the phone with my mom to get the facts straight.

It was her second time having measles when she was pregnant with me. Then they gave her the "shot" [her words, didn't think to ask if it was MMR] when I was born.

She had it 4 times in her life so far.

The first time when she was 3.

2nd time was she was carrying me.

The third time in her thirties.

The forth time I was 11 yrs old and had to take care of her. She couldn't move. Her whole body cramped so badly in the bathtub, freaked me out - she could not move. I had to fetch neighbors to help me because I thought I wasn't going to be able to get her out of the bath tub. I drained the bathtub before getting help tho, don't worry. The neighbors took her to the hospital.

So, from her testimony, each time she had the measles, the worse it was.

And she is completely immuned to the shot.

I never had them tho I was exposed at least two times, a third time if you count the pregnancy.

I never had the chicken pox either and I'm not vaxed. I was exposed to that many times too, trying to get it.

There is a connection, if the offspring who was exposed to the measles in utero they're born immuned to chicken pox.

Where I read that, no idea. So, I could be mistaken. But I'm pretty sure its legit.
post #24 of 39
I selected the third option.

My grandmother got measles when she was pregnant (in the 50s) and it caused her to have a stillbirth.
post #25 of 39
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Originally Posted by fruitful womb View Post
I just got off the phone with my mom to get the facts straight.

It was her second time having measles when she was pregnant with me. Then they gave her the "shot" [her words, didn't think to ask if it was MMR] when I was born.

She had it 4 times in her life so far.

The first time when she was 3.

2nd time was she was carrying me.

The third time in her thirties.

The forth time I was 11 yrs old and had to take care of her. She couldn't move. Her whole body cramped so badly in the bathtub, freaked me out - she could not move. I had to fetch neighbors to help me because I thought I wasn't going to be able to get her out of the bath tub. I drained the bathtub before getting help tho, don't worry. The neighbors took her to the hospital.

So, from her testimony, each time she had the measles, the worse it was.

And she is completely immuned to the shot.

I never had them tho I was exposed at least two times, a third time if you count the pregnancy.

I never had the chicken pox either and I'm not vaxed. I was exposed to that many times too, trying to get it.

There is a connection, if the offspring who was exposed to the measles in utero they're born immuned to chicken pox.

Where I read that, no idea. So, I could be mistaken. But I'm pretty sure its legit.

Are they sure it was measles? How was it diagnosed?
You're really not supposed to be able to catch measles more than once. Is there a chance that it was re-activating cytomegalovirus instead of measles?
post #26 of 39
I was vax against measles (MMR) when I was 14 months old. I caught it at 18 months old. My sister got it at 11 (also vax'd) and it was no big deal. In fact, my measles were mild enough that my father didn't remember me having them... we were waiting for me to get spotty!
post #27 of 39
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Originally Posted by mamakay View Post
Are they sure it was measles? How was it diagnosed?
You're really not supposed to be able to catch measles more than once. Is there a chance that it was re-activating cytomegalovirus instead of measles?
Yes I'm pretty sure it was a confirmed dx all four times.

Maybe this is similar to contracting chicken pox more than once. I'm told that once you get it, once, you can't get again. If you do then its the shingles. But there is a difference between shingles and chicken pox. There are rare cases of people getting the chicken pox more than once.

"re-activating cytomegalovirus" - never heard of that. I'll research it tho.
post #28 of 39
I had it when I was an infant and my mother says I had no trouble gettinng thru it
post #29 of 39
I had the measles

My sibs had the measles

My youngest son now 16 had the measles.

NO big deal.
post #30 of 39
None of the above for me, so I can't vote.
post #31 of 39
I had the measles and CP and WC... no issues with any and I was given every vax offered in the 70's.

My children:

19 yo has had chicken pox nearly fully vaxed (not vaxed for cp since cp was caught at 4 yo and the vax wasn't marketed then) no complications has been religiously exempt from gardisil and any other vax recommended

16 yo has had c/p and mumps again fully vaxed except for c/p he was vaxed with the MMR and he still had mumps! no complications currently religiously exempt from any further vaccines.

11 yo Nothing... fully vaxed to 5 yo physical - then religiously exempt from any further vaxes.

3 yo nothing... 5 vaxes total suffered a severe vax reaction and we stopped vaxing against or peds recommendations. We filled for religious exemption to keep our child alive. I truly believe my child would be dead today had we continued vaxing. Seeing what I've seen I'm truly more scared of the vaccines than I am of any disease!
post #32 of 39
My brother and I both had measles, and so did most of the kids in our neighborhood. We also had rubella and chicken pox. It just involved a little time off school, reading in bed and eating chicken soup and jell-o. I know there must be cases that turn bad, but I never encountered one.
post #33 of 39
My mom had "regular" measles and rubella both, and was very sick with rubella, but shrugs off measles as "no big deal." I don't know how much that is worth, though.
post #34 of 39
Quote:
Are they sure it was measles? How was it diagnosed?
You're really not supposed to be able to catch measles more than once. Is there a chance that it was re-activating cytomegalovirus instead of measles?
Hilary Butler mentioned in her book (JALP) that her sons got measles twice, in 1985 and then again two years later. She also says that once the doctors saw that in one son's file, they scratched out "measles" and instead wrote "morbili-like illness" saying that lots of other viruses look like measles...even though the child had residual Koplik spots and it was indeed a second bout of measles.
post #35 of 39
My mom and dad and all their siblings had it. I have a friend whose mom was pregnant with her when she had german measles. My youngest (just 2 months) may well have german measles presently (trying to figure out that or roseola). (we're staying home till we know so as not to infect any pregnant women)
post #36 of 39
DH contracted the measles about a year after he was vaxed with the MMR. His mom (a ped nurse) said it was a pretty bad case but might have been worse if he hadn't been vaccinated:--she's provax though
post #37 of 39
There is a measles outbreak in my small town. 9 cases so far. I'm a mom to 6 kids and my youngest are not vaxed at all. Trying to decide if it is a big deal.
post #38 of 39
Heads up mommaof5. Your concern may get more responses if you post in one of the current forums and start your own thread. You can choose I'm not vaccinating for support and discussion, mindful vaccination for support and discussion or vaccination discussion and debate to gets uggestions from people on either side but beware. I'm new here too and am still learning the ropes as well.

I'm interested in what the wise Mothering Mamas tell you. Do you mind sharing what country you are in as well?

Best wishes to you and your little ones!
post #39 of 39
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Originally Posted by mommaof5 View Post

There is a measles outbreak in my small town. 9 cases so far. I'm a mom to 6 kids and my youngest are not vaxed at all. Trying to decide if it is a big deal.

I can see that you didn't post elsewhere and I hope you got the answers you were looking for! What did you decide?
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