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My 3 children are completely unvaccinated. My MIL hasn't really ever said much about it (she's been too busy complaining about all our other "weird" parenting choices ) but now she is panicking because there have been 5 cases of measles in Toronto and 2 in Guelph. We live about 45 minutes from Guelph. They've been able to link 4 of the 5 Toronto cases to the Ontario Science Centre and that is where one case from Guelph is linked to as well and then that case passed it to the other Guelph child. We never go to Guelph. We rarely go to Toronto. We haven't been to either since last summer. How can I convince my MIL that there is no risk here. The reason she is freaking is my 2 year old came down with a sudden cough, runny nose, fever and watery eyes the day yesterday. Those were listed on the newscast as the early signs. She doesn't have any white spots in her mouth and no red rash. Am I safe to assume that she just has a cold/flu?

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Wait and see if a rash appears...and study up on vit.A in case it is. You can then tell your MIL that your are well prepared to deal with your child should it turn out to be measles.

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Here are some realistic numbers on measles dangers:

You could also mention that in 2002 there were over 17,000 cases of measles in Europe and no deaths.

Your children are healthy, you know about Vitamin A and you know not to suppress fever, you can manage this if it should hit and it probably will not.

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Measles: "The complications associated with measles are otitis media (ear aches), pneumonia, postinfection encephalitis, hearing loss (generally unilateral but can be bilateral), subsclerosing panencephalitis..., and death." Depletion of essential vitamins is a major culprit in complications. Administering cod liver oil (vit A) and sodium ascorbate (vit C) is important for trying to prevent this. " has been the use of the vaccine that has raised the incidence of disease in the most at-risk populations whaile decreasing it tin the lowest-risk pipulations. (Romm 62). Measles used to be a prank on the Brady Bunch, now it is a disease of the week on shows like ER


Here is the information on the Switzerland Measles outbreak:

483 cases total for November 2006- July 2007.

Six percent of the 445 cases for whom a detailed questionnaire had been submitted were vaccinated against measles (18 with one dose and nine with two doses), 87% were unvaccinated, and the vaccination status of the remaining 7% was unknown. There were 43 cases (10%) requiring hospitalization. Among 445 cases for whom information about complications was available, four cases were reported with encephalitis (1%), all among children, 29 cases with pneumonia (7%, median age 10 years), and 31 cases with otitis media [earache](7%). No deaths were reported.
Switzerland Measles Outbreak - From Nov 2006 to Feb 2008:

"1405 cases
1319 cases for which detailed information available**

Hospitalizations** 104 -- 7.9%
Pneumonia** 63 -- 4.8%
Otitis Media (ear aches)** 62 -- 4.7%
Encephalitis** 6 -- 0.5%

The proportion of vaccinated patients has been low for all ages (Figure 4). There were 104 cases (8% of 1,319 cases for whom information about hospitalisation and complications were available) who required hospitalisation. Six cases were reported with encephalitis or suspicion of encephalitis (0.5%), all among children. No deaths have been reported." The average age is eleven.[/QUOTE]

"It should be a rule in all prophylactic work that no harm should ever be unnecessarily inflicted on a healthy person (Sir Graham Wilson, The Hazards of Immunization, 1967)."
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