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Old 06-25-2014, 06:51 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Question Measles at summer camp

Hi all, I just received a notice that there is a confirmed case of measles at my son's summer camp. (It's a day camp. I don't know if the sick child was in the same class as my son, but I know the child was in aftercare with my son). DS is completely unvaxxed, and generally healthy as a horse. Is there anything I can do to give him some extra protection? I mean I know the obvious, get him lots of rest, have him eat healthy food and drink lots of liquids, make sure he washes his hands regularly, and I'm giving him some echinacea to maybe boost his immune system a bit. anything else?

I know that measles used to be a routine childhood illness, and I know that there are long term health benefits to him getting it, and if he does get it, I'll console myself (he isn't old enough to appreciate that) with that knowledge. However, this would be an extremely inconvenient and unpleasant time for him to be sick, (lots going on this summer) so if I can help him avoid it, I'd like to.
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Give your son plenty of vitamin A and vitamin C.

Most complications of measles can be avoided by taking vitamin A.

If your son is going to get measles from this child, you will know by the end of July.
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Thank you. I will get him some Vit. A and C supplements, and in the mean time keep feeding him those carrots he loves so much. But end of July? Yikes. I thought we'd know a lot sooner than that. Hopefully we won't discover that he has measles (or that we do) right when we are visiting elderly family members.

Thanks for the info.
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Thank you. I will get him some Vit. A and C supplements, and in the mean time keep feeding him those carrots he loves so much. But end of July? Yikes. I thought we'd know a lot sooner than that. Hopefully we won't discover that he has measles (or that we do) right when we are visiting elderly family members.

Thanks for the info.
I wouldn't worry about your elderly family, they are almost certainly immune to measles.

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I thought the incubation period was about two weeks. Won't she know in about two weeks if her son will have measles? Either way MamadeRumi, keep us updated on what happens. Good luck to you and your son!
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I wouldn't worry about your elderly family, they are almost certainly immune to measles.
Oh, good point! They, my parents, almost certainly had measles as kids, so probably they are fine, and DS is young and healthy enough that if he does get it, well, it will really screw up our summer and be unpleasant, but he'd probably be fine, too. Me and DH? Well, we were vaxed as kids and probably don't have immunity now, so we might be in for an unpleasant ride, but, as usual, I'm less worried about myself than about my child and parents -- guess I must be a mom.
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I thought the incubation period was about two weeks. Won't she know in about two weeks if her son will have measles? Either way MamadeRumi, keep us updated on what happens. Good luck to you and your son!
That's what I thought. I looked at the CDC website and they say the incubation is 7 to 21 days, so if the possible exposure happened last week (and that's what I'm told, that a child with a confirmed case of the measles was a camp and in aftercare last week) then I should know some time between this week and 3 weeks from now. I'd rather know sooner rather than later, but I suppose it doesn't matter that much. Either way I need to get him rest, good nutrition, and some vitamins, and then just see what happens.
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Well, turns out this all may have been a false alarm. Today the camp sent an email saying, oops, we thought that was a confirmed case of measles, but now we think it might not have been measles, and all the kids should resume normal kid behavior and not see a doctor if they aren't sick.

Well, it's not like I was going to change his behavior or take him to a doctor unless I saw symptoms, anyway. So, I've spent the day googling for info about measles when I didn't need to, but oh well, now I've got more information should it become necessary. And for now it seems like I have nothing to worry about.

Thanks for all your help. Sorry to have bothered you all over a false alarm.
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Well, turns out this all may have been a false alarm. Today the camp sent an email saying, oops, we thought that was a confirmed case of measles, but now we think it might not have been measles, and all the kids should resume normal kid behavior and not see a doctor if they aren't sick.
Why am I not surprised?

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