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I thought this was a great article in pointing out the importance of getting vaccines on time, and as early as possible. A father's take on the risk his daughter now faces of developing SSPE over the next decade:

http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2025505524_kaneshiroopedvaccinations21xml.html

I RECEIVED a call this week from a stranger in California. It was from a distressed father regarding his 13-month-old daughter who had contracted measles during a family trip to Disneyland...

His daughter was scheduled to receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shot soon. The recommendation is that children receive their first MMR vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age, so she is still well within the recommended guidelines for vaccine use.

He was distraught because in hindsight she likely would have been protected if he had immunized her at the first available opportunity. He was also angry ... that he will still have this hanging over his head for the next decade or longer.
 

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I thought this was a great article in pointing out the importance of getting vaccines on time, and as early as possible. A father's take on the risk his daughter now faces of developing SSPE over the next decade:

http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2025505524_kaneshiroopedvaccinations21xml.html
How scary for that family. Thanks for sharing.

Germany has had many cases of SSPE and it is devastating. This UK based site has links to many stories. Most of the children have since died :(

http://justthevax.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/sadly-another-aliana-has-sspe.html

"Max, Micha and Natalie have already died. Angelina, who turned 9 years last week, is still fighting. We know their names, because the measles vaccine has significantly reduced the incidence of SSPE, the fatal complication, that shrinks a child's brain, many years after infection.
Now, another girl has been diagnosed - learn her name - celebrate her life - vaccinate your kids, so not one more child has to join the exclusive club"

Two of the three discussed on the link (Michas and Natalie) caught measles from an unvaccinated pre teen in a pediatrician waiting room.

"In the year 2000, an unvaccinated preteen came down with a fever and parents took him to a pediatrician's practise. He infected six children in the waiting room with measles, three of these children were under 12 months old. Two are now dying.

This is Micha in April 2005, about a year after the onset of his SSPE. He was 5 months old when he contracted measles in that practise.

The average survival time after onset of SSPE is 4 years. Micha is still alive. He is not better. He needs to take strong medication to keep the seizures at bay.

This is Natalie - she was 11 months old when she contracted measles from the same unvaccinated preteen. She came down with SSPE in Summer 2007" http://justthevax.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/medical-care-for-unvaccinated-children.html

And then people wonder why Pediatricians are refusing to let unvaccinated children into their practice more and more these days?

These choices DO effect other people.
 
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