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#1 of 3 Old 05-26-2007, 05:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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For what age group do the following become more dangerous?

Measles?
Mumps?

If you were vaccinated as a child, but probably lost your immunity to measles and your child gets it, aren't you then in danger?

Can my child get polio (in theory) by playing in dirt? Read it could be contracted by contaminated soil.
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#2 of 3 Old 05-27-2007, 05:05 PM
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Well, measles can be a cocern to teenage boys because iof sterility. Other than that, I think measles and mumps are both fairly benign diseases to an otherwise healthy individual.

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If you were vaccinated as a child, but probably lost your immunity to measles and your child gets it, aren't you then in danger?
If you do not have immunity and you are exposed to the disease then, yes, there is a chance that you would catch it.

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Can my child get polio (in theory) by playing in dirt? Read it could be contracted by contaminated soil.
Yes, I suppose if the dirt contained fecal matter from someone infected with polio, then it would be possible.

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There has not been a natural case of polio in the US since 1979. And that case was apparently someone who had travelled to a nation where polio was alive and well, and brought it back with him. (This is according to Dr. Stephanie Cave's book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You...) Polio does still exist in SE Asia and Africa. From the book: "US officials say that boosters are unnecessary because the disease will be gone by 2010."

Mumps is the one that could cause sterility in men. I asked that here:
https://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=674705

Measles is very rare, but might be making a comeback, as adult immunity wears off. It's not generally a big deal - benign, as EVC says.

Hope this helps!

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