But, no, I'm not really afraid of measles. At least no more than I am any other thing. I take care of it early and watch for worsening symptoms. We are generally healthy, EBF and I am aware of the symptoms of measles and when to call the Dr.
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I am hoping that my grandchildren get infected with measles somewhere along the way. It is supposed to strengthen the immune system so that there is little chance of cancer or other autoimmune diseases later on in life.
Here are someMeasle Facts.
And this is a link to Inside Vaccines' MMR Info.
Measles in perspective with thanks to the Brady Bunch!
Just a dark room and vit A. Plus I got a week off of school!
Chicken pox was very exciting for us, too!
I can understand that it would not be the same for families with immuno-compromised members, though.
If I ever did consider the vax, I would check titres first for each component of the vaccine.
I wouldn't go out of my way to have DS get them, but if he gets them, than we have access to an experienced ND and I have also familiarized myself with the symptoms and treatments. and then he would be immune.
If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Thomas Jefferson.
I had no idea he had measles, I should have guessed since he was in that generation but why would they push the MMR on something that was mild for them? It's like our generation pushing the chicken pox vax to our children, it's just weird to me.
So no, I'm not scared of the measles for my kids (although, I won't seek them out either).
Like someone else said, I worry much more about the crazy self-entitled drivers out there texting/on phone while honking at me for stopping at a stop sign!
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In a phone conversation with my pro-vax Dad (but one of those people who are all "well, I didn't ride in a carseat and I survived!" etc etc) told me he had measles as a kid and it was no big deal. I just laughed and told him since he survived then my kids should survive without getting the MMR.
I wouldn't mind if my grandchildren got them. Although I'd be concerned about my daughter and son-in-law who haven't had them. The worse danger now is for adults who didn't get measles as children because they aren't necessarily immune.
PS. yes, I make sure he eats things that are high in vitamin A.
the one that really scares me is diphtheria. did anyone ever read Mrs. Mike? it's this awesome book about this woman that moves to the canadian wilderness in the early part of the 1900's and marries a mounty. both her kids die from diphtheria and it's really stuck with me. i read it in high school and i still tear up thinking about trying her trying to keep her sick babies alive without any medical treatment.
Our DD (age 3) is vaccinated, but we're giving serious consideration to stopping vaccines for her and not vaccinating DS (2 months old). Based on my experience, I'm not overly paranoid about them getting measles.