Now a few more things someone posted that I wondered about....
"The 1 in 1,000 figure is from Wikipedia and is actually conservative; several reputable medical publications cite the fatality rate as 2 in 1,000 or 3 in 1,000 in the Western world - it's as high as 1 in 10 in nonindustrialized nations.http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic259.htm
"The acute child fatality rate in industrialized nations is only 0.1-0.2%, compared with a 2-10% fatality rate in children in the developing world. The larger incidence of measles in developing nations combined with the higher fatality rate contributes to close to 1 million childhood deaths per year."http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.1086/381555
"Although measles is often a mild disease, it can be severe and complicated by pneumonia, diarrhea, or encephalitis. In the developing world, preexisting conditions such as nutritional deficiencies, combined with limited medical care, result in case-fatality rates as high as 340 deaths per 1000 measles cases . Access to hospital care in the United States, combined with a high standard of medical care, limit the case-fatality rate of measles to 3 deaths per 1000 cases ."
When there was a measles outbreak pre-vaccine, it was pretty easily contained because most people did not travel to the extent that they do today. Healthcare in this country is pretty good, so people don't usually have as many other acute or chronic diseases to create further complications of measles. There was also pretty good herd immunity, because people became immune after having the measles, and that limited further outbreaks.
There was a series of outbreaks in 1989-1991 because a number of people had no immunity to measles either from the vaccine or from previous exposure. This is certainly still a risk, because as in the Omaha outbreak of rubella or last year's measles outbreak in Boston, one infected person can enter the country and expose many others, who can go on to develop and spread the virus if they are not immune. Children aged 0-5 are at a higher risk of complications and death from measles if they contract it."
Now they are talking about how it's our duty as a citizen to vaccinate our children....it might not even be worth fighting.
I wasn't worried about measles, but should I be??